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.
Athletics right-hander Jharel Cotton will undergo Tommy John surgery, per an announcement on Saturday. Cotton initially experienced some elbow soreness during a Cactus League start earlier this week and was officially diagnosed with a strained ulnar collateral ligament and strained flexor muscle on Thursday. He’ll be out of commission until 2019 at the earliest.
This isn’t the first time Cotton has dealt with elbow issues. According to MLB.com’s Jane Lee, he had screws inserted in his right elbow after sustaining a stress fracture in 2013 and suffered some minor elbow discomfort again last fall. Prior to his diagnosis, the 26-year-old was poised for his third run with the A’s in 2018. He pitched his first full season with the club in 2017, turning in a 5.58 ERA, 3.7 BB/9 and 7.3 SO/9 in 24 starts and 129 innings.
Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle adds that the team is open to adding pitching depth this spring, though they’ll wait to see if the price goes down on some free agents first. Barring that, right-handed long reliever Andrew Triggs could be tabbed to fill the fifth spot in the rotation.