Phillies’ grounds crew uses torches to dry field but game gets postponed to Tuesday

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The field at Citizens Bank Park was in rougher shape than anticipated, so the Phillies’ grounds crew tried using torches to attempt to dry the field faster. But alas, Monday night’s game between the Phillies and Nationals has been postponed. The two teams will meet for a doubleheader on Tuesday if the weather cooperates.

Erick Fedde was slated to oppose Jake Arrieta. The two will simply wait until tomorrow to do battle.

The Nationals, who threw in the towel last month, entered play 71-72, eight games out of first place in the NL East. The similarly struggling Phillies, who haven’t won a series since early August, are 74-68, four and a half games back of the first-place Braves.

Shawn Tolleson retires from baseball

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Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that reliever Shawn Tolleson is retiring from baseball. The right-hander experienced a setback in his recovery from Tommy John surgery last week.

Tolleson, who turns 31 years old on Saturday, last pitched in the majors in 2016. He had two very good years out of the bullpen for the Rangers in 2014-15, posting an aggregate 2.88 ERA with 145 strikeouts and 45 walks across 144 innings.

Tolleson signed a one-year deal with the Rays in January 2017 before undergoing Tommy John surgery several months later. The Rangers inked him to a minor league contract in December 2017, but he wasn’t able to work his way back.