Cubs-Reds game rained out

April 29, 2014 

  • Cubs at Reds

    When: 7:10 p.m. Tuesday

    Pitchers: Cubs, Samardzija (0-2);Reds, Simon (3-1)

    TV/radio: FS Ohio, WVLK-FM 101.5

The opening game of the Cubs-Reds series at Great American Ball Park was postponed because of rain on Monday. 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.

The teams will stay on schedule with their starters. Chicago's Jeff Samardzija will face the Reds' Alfredo Simon on Tuesday night. 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 week, claiming he sexually assaulted her in a hotel one year ago.

Reds closer Aroldis Chapman is scheduled to throw to Reds batters again on Tuesday before the game. If that goes well, he could start a rehab stint in the minors. Chapman was hit on the forehead by a line drive on March 19 and had a metal plate inserted in his forehead to help fractures heal.

The Reds are asking for more information from Major League Baseball about the replay dispute that led to Bryan Price's first ejection as manager. Price asked for a replay after Atlanta's B.J. Upton was called safe at first base on Johnny Cueto's pickoff throw. First baseman Joey Votto caught the ball and swiped at Upton's hand before it touched the base. The replay was deemed inconclusive and the call stood. Price thought the replay definitively showed Upton was out.

"That was not explained," Price said. "They had the one angle that everybody saw at the ballpark which was the only angle we saw, the one I thought supported our argument, which apparently it did not."

Report: Harper to miss 2-3 months with thumb injury

Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is going to be sidelined at least until July because of surgery on his left thumb. ESPN.com reported the two-time All-Star will have the operation Tuesday.

Washington spokesman John Dever declined to comment. The team was off Monday, and plays Tuesday night at Houston.

The Nationals put Harper on the 15-day disabled list Sunday, saying he had a sprained left thumb. Harper was hurt Friday night on a headfirst slide into third base on a triple against San Diego. He didn't leave the game until after the next inning.

"I slid into the bag and I caught it a little bit," said Harper, who is hitting .289 with one home run and nine RBI this season. "Went into the dugout, swung a couple in the cage, felt fine. Went out to the outfield, it swelled up a little bit. ... So I got in and got some treatment on it."

For the 21-year-old Harper, the 2012 NL Rookie of the Year and a two-time All-Star, this will be the second prolonged injury absence of his brief career. Last season, he missed 31 games because of bursitis in his left knee after crashing into outfield walls twice. He wound up having an offseason operation on the knee.

Ex-Yankee Cano returns to Bronx

Former Yankees All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano will return to New York for the first time as a member of the Mariners on Tuesday night. Cano signed a $240 million, 10-year contract with Seattle in the offseason,

Cano figures the reaction will be mixed. "Hopefully good," Cano said. "The way that I left New York, it wasn't a good way. You just go there to play the game and try to beat them."

Cano is Seattle's top hitter with a .301 average. Though he has just one home run, Cano has 11 RBI and 10 runs.

Notes

Brewers: Outfielder Ryan Braun was held out of the starting lineup for a second straight game with a strained intercostal muscle. Braun is hitting .318 with six homers and 18 RBI in 22 games.

Diamondbacks: Arizona acquired right-hander Lucas Harrell from the Astros for a player to be named.

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