The forecast in Chicago called for heavy rain in the evening. While MLB officials tried to wait it out, delaying the start of Wednesday’s NLDS Game 3 between the Nationals and Cubs, the game was ultimately postponed. It will be played on Wednesday at 4:08 ET.
Cubs skipper Joe Maddon will still send Jake Arrieta out to the hill tomorrow, per Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times. Nationals manager Dusty Baker is sticking with Tanner Roark, per MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat.
The Cubs lead the series two games to one. They are trying to punch their ticket back to the NLCS for a rematch with the Dodgers, who clinched on Monday night.
The Cleveland Indians have agreed to a minor league deal with outfielder Melvin Upton, Jr.
Upton, 33, battled a torn thumb ligament and a shoulder issue last season, limiting him to only 12 games with Triple-A Sacramento, the Giants’ affiliate. In those 12 games, he hit .244 with one double and one home run. Upton last played in the majors in 2016 with the Padres and Blue Jays with which he posted an aggregate .693 OPS.
Given the injuries suffered by Indians outfielders in the past couple of seasons it can’t hurt to have some options for organizational depth. If he has anything left in the tank, stash him on the bench or down in Columbus. If not, no harm done.