Cubs at Reds game postponed because of rain

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 28, 2014 at 8:06 pm •  Published: April 28, 2014
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CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cubs lost a game to the weather but got a step closer to having their rotation back in form.

The opening game of their series with the Cincinnati Reds was postponed on Monday following a 57-minute delay to the first pitch. It was the eighth postponement in 12 years at Great American Ball Park.

The game wasn't immediately rescheduled. Reds manager Bryan Price said the game won't be made up during this series. The Cubs visit for a four-game series from July 7-10.

"There's no way we'll make it up in this series," Price said. "The way it works out, we'll probably be able to make it up during that series in July before the All-Star break."

Rain has been a problem in Cincinnati this season. The Reds have had one game postponed and another suspended overnight because of rain. They've had rain delays for four of the 10 games totaling 8 hours, 57 minutes.

The teams will stay on schedule with their starters. Chicago's Jeff Samardzija will face the Reds' Alfredo Simon on Tuesday night.

Samardzija is trying to break a streak of 11 straight starts without a win since last Aug. 30. Samardzija has pitched well — quality starts his last eight games — but the Cubs have scored only 21 runs while he was on the mound in the last 10 games.

Last Wednesday, Samardzija left with a 5-2 lead before Arizona rallied for a 7-5 win.

Manager Rick Renteria said that right-hander Jake Arrieta will be activated off the disabled list later this week. Arrieta threw on Monday without problem. He's been sidelined since March 21 with tightness in his pitching shoulder. Right-hander Carlos Villanueva will move into the bullpen.

"Jake was slated to start with us," Renteria said. "It's nice to have him back. He's still working his way back in terms of trying to get his feet back under him."

Renteria planned to give struggling outfielder Nate Schierholtz a day off on Monday, with Ryan Kalish starting in right field. Schierholtz is in a 2-for-11 slump.

"He hates to come out of the lineup," Renteria said. "It's not really physical. It's more mental when you're pushing yourself on a daily basis."

It will be Simon's first scheduled start since an unidentified woman filed a civil lawsuit against him in a Washington, D.C. court last Thursday, claiming he sexually assaulted her in a hotel one year ago.