Rainy weather washed out the Chicago Cubs’ series finale against the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night at Camden Yards.
The postponed game was rescheduled for 2:05 p.m. CT on Aug. 18. That had been a day off for the Cubs after a three-game road series against the Washington Nationals. The change means the Cubs will play 20 games in 19 days between Aug. 13-31.
Right-hander Marcus Stroman, slated to start Wednesday, instead threw in the bullpen as rain fell.
The rainout means the Cubs have three days off in a four-day span. Given that they played 11 games in nine days before the road trip, including two extra-inning games, the pitching staff — particularly the bullpen — can benefit from a lessened workload this week.
When the Cubs open a three-game series against the Yankees on Friday in New York, the roster could look a little different.
Right fielder Seiya Suzuki is “in play” to rejoin the team this weekend, manager David Ross said Wednesday. Suzuki has missed 12 games while on the injured list because of a strained left ring finger. He took batting practice Wednesday.
“We’ll see how the finger feels when he hits and stuff, so I’ll hold judgment on that,” Ross said before Suzuki’s BP. “But I think it’s about status quo as (Tuesday). I don’t think it’s any better. I don’t think it’s any worse. But we’ll see how he comes away from batting practice today and judge after that because he’s got an off day (Thursday).”
The Cubs named left-hander Wade Miley the probable starter for the series opener Friday, the first day he is eligible to be activated from the IL. Miley, who had been out with a left shoulder strain, felt fine after throwing Wednesday and was optimistic he would be back for the Yankees series.
Matt Swarmer is expected to start Saturday, and the Cubs list Sunday’s starter as “to be determined.”