Why did it take seven hours for the Nats to postpone yesterday’s game?

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It wasn’t until after 3pm yesterday afternoon that the Nationals officially announced the postponement of their game with the Braves in the wake of the Navy Yard shootings. Before that there were a lot of mixed signals — first Nats players and coaches were told to stay away from the park, then they were told to come and did show up — with many people wondering how they could play a game in the wake of the nearby chaos.

Today Adam Kilgore and James Wagner report about the communications and decision making process that went into the postponement. It’s a good story that shows you just how complicated such decisions are.

Actually, not so much how complicated the decisions are — I think, after a short time, everyone was on the same page — but how complicated carrying out the decisions are.

Félix Hernández to rejoin Mariners’ rotation for final start of 2018

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Mariners starter Félix Hernández will come off of the disabled list to make his final start of 2018 on Wednesday against the Athletics, MLB.com’s Greg Johns reports. Hernández has been on the disabled list since September 8 with a right hamstring strain.

Hernández, 32, has endured the worst season of his 14-year career. He’s 8-13 with a 5.46 ERA and a 121/57 K/BB ratio over 151 2/3 innings. Hernández wants the opportunity to finish 2018 on a good note. He said, “I feel good. No problems. It’s 100 percent. I just want to finish strong and show them I can still pitch. It wasn’t a big injury. They just wanted to give me some rest.”

Hernández is under contract for one more year at $27 million. He has been the face of the franchise for the last decade, but if he doesn’t show he’s capable of beating major league hitters by the end of spring training next year, the Mariners may not be able to afford to give him a spot in the starting rotation. Despite a second-half slide, the Mariners were competitive in the AL West this year, entering the All-Star break 58-39, five games out of first place. With some roster fine-tuning, the Mariners could give the Astros and Athletics a run for their money. Hernández’s involvement with that effort remains to be seen.