So…I’m sitting at my usual seat in the GABP press box and looking out at what unfortunately has become a familiar site on the field — the tarp. Yes, it’s raining as I type this at 5:24 p.m. ET. We’re told that the weather will move through and the game will be played. We’ve already slogged through a two-hour, three minute delay on Monday and the 39-minute delay before Tuesday’s game started. Yeesh.
“No pain. I feel better and I think I’m ready to go right now,” Volquez said. “Today was my day I would pitch in a game. I wasn’t even counting. I was just throwing like crazy. [Dick Pole] told me afterwards it was 78 pitches. I threw all of my pitches.”
Had there not been rain, 3B Edwin Encarnacion (wrist) would have taken grounders for the first time since going on the DL. Encarnacion is still hitting off of a tee but is planning on taking regular batting practice this weekend when he’s with the team in Milwaukee.
“I never expected it would be this long,” said Encarnacion, who has been out since April 28 with the chip fracture in his left wrist. “This is my second time in a month I’ve had my glove on. The first time was yesterday. That’s never happened before.”
2B Brandon Phillips (thumb) was to take full batting practice. Phillips is still a good bet to be back in the lineup on Friday.
C Ramon Hernandez is getting a break tonight, even though he’s been hitting well.
“I think he needs it bad,” manager Dusty Baker said. “He’ll get two [with Thursday’s off day]. He’s beat up pretty good. He’s been playing more than we wanted him to but he’s been so hot with the bat, No. 1. No. 2, we wanted to make sure Hanigan was over with what he’s beat up with. It’s pretty timely.”
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