SAN FRANCISCO - Earlier this season, the Nationals had to apologize to their fans after they delayed a game three hours despite mostly dry conditions. When it actually rained Friday night at Nationals Park, they somehow screwed the process up again.
After three hours of steady drizzle, the Nationals finally announced to the remaining fans that the game had been postponed. By that point, the Giants clubhouse had long since cleared out as players headed back to the hotel or for an unexpected dinner. The Giants found out the game wouldn't be played because someone in the press box texted manager Bruce Bochy and told him the Nationals' TV announcers had already left. They will play a split doubleheader on Sunday, with the first game starting at 1:05 p.m. and the second game beginning at 7:05 p.m.
The official postponement came at 9:48 p.m. The tarp went on at 6:38 p.m. Maybe one day they'll figure out how to handle things here? Anyway, here are some notes from when it was dry …
--- There is a chance Mark Melancon comes off the disabled list on Saturday, Bochy said. Melancon has been sidelined since June 28 by a pronator strain but he felt good in his last rehab outing. He will be eased back into the bullpen mix, with Sam Dyson remaining the closer for at least a few more games.
--- Johnny Cueto played a very light game of catch. It was his first time picking up a ball since he came out of a rehab start with elbow discomfort, and he said everything felt fine. Still, this was just a very small step. Cueto will remain with the Giants on this trip and they'll see how he feels.
--- Bochy does not expect any issues between Hunter Strickland and Bryce Harper, and he said he wouldn't hesitate to use Strickland if Harper's spot is coming up. We'll see. The Giants are still feeling the aftershocks of that fight, specifically with their former left fielder/first baseman. Michael Morse will meet with the staff in Miami on Tuesday, but he's not expected to return to the team this season. Morse hasn't played since suffering a concussion during that fight, and given where the team is in the standings (and the number of young players seeing time) it never made sense for Morse to ramp up what would have been a long rehab process.
--- Miguel Gomez got treatment for knee inflammation and he was cleared to play. "I asked him if he could outrun me," Bochy said. "He said yes."