Matt Williams not happy that Saturday’s game started ahead of steady rain

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The forecast for Saturday afternoon’s game in Philadelphia between the Nationals and Phillies wasn’t very pretty: rain, rain, and more rain, as Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post noted on Twitter. The game started on time and the two teams held each other scoreless through one and a half innings before the game went into a rain delay and was eventually postponed.

Per Janes, the game will be restarted from the beginning as part of a single-admission double-header at Citizens Bank Park on Sunday. Saturday’s starters — Adam Morgan for the Phillies and Gio Gonzalez for the Nationals — have been burned so each team will have to call upon a spot starter for Sunday. For the Phillies, that job goes to Severino Gonzalez. The Nationals haven’t made a decision yet.

Nationals manager Matt Williams isn’t happy with Saturday’s outcome:

Gonzalez:

Saturday afternoon’s games in Baltimore between the Orioles and Indians, and in Detroit between the Tigers and White Sox, were both postponed before getting underway. Why that option wasn’t considered in Philadelphia is a question currently still unanswered.

Brian Anderson suffers hand fracture on a hit-by-pitch

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Marlins infielder/outfielder Brian Anderson departed Friday’s 19-11 win over the Phillies with a left hand contusion, the club announced. Following an X-ray, it was then revealed that he had sustained a fracture of the fifth metacarpal — an injury severe enough that it’ll likely keep him off the field for the remainder of the 2019 season.

Anderson suffered the injury on a hit-by-pitch in the third inning. On the first pitch of the at-bat, with the bases loaded and one out, he took a 93.9-m.p.h. fastball off his left hand. The HBP forced in a run, but he doubled over in pain and was quickly examined by a member of the Marlins’ staff before officially departing the game in the top of the fourth.

It’s an unfortunate way to end Anderson’s third campaign with the Marlins. The 26-year-old has posted some career-high numbers this year, reaching the 20-homer mark for the first time and batting a healthy .261/.342/.468 with an .810 OPS and 3.0 fWAR through 510 PA. Despite the setback, he should be fully healed and ready to go well in advance of the Marlins’ spring training in 2020.