Miami Marlins at Chicago Cubs game postponed because of rain in the forecast

CHICAGO (AP) — The Miami Marlins' game at the Chicago Cubs was postponed because of rain in the forecast for Thursday night.

It will be made up as part of a split-doubleheader on Saturday at Wrigley Field.

Chicago was back at home after a 5-4 trip that included stops at San Diego, Seattle and Arizona. Cody Bellinger homered to lead the Cubs to a 5-3 victory over the Diamondbacks on Wednesday in the rubber game of the three-game set.

“Definitely a trip that had a little bit of everything,” Cubs second baseman Nico Hoerner said before the game was postponed. “Different kinds of games, some crazy games for sure. A lot of good experiences for our group.”

Miami is looking to dig out of a 4-15 start. It dropped two of three against San Francisco in its previous series.

There was no immediate word on the pitching probables for the Cubs. Jameson Taillon was slated to come off the injured list to start the series opener after being sidelined by a back strain. But the team did not announce his activation before the game was postponed.

Left-hander Shota Imanaga and right-handers Javier Assad and Kyle Hendricks also are expected to start for Chicago in the four-game set.

Miami left-hander A.J. Puk was pushed back one day to Friday. Jesús Luzardo will start one of the doubleheader games for the Marlins, and right-hander Edward Cabrera also will pitch in the series. But there was no word on whether he would go Saturday or Sunday.

Puk is coming back from an illness. He hasn't appeared in a big league game since April 9.

“He was 100 percent ready to go today. I'm sure the extra day is OK,” Miami manager Skip Schumaker said. "You also don't want to have pitchers not throw for nine, 10 days, whatever it is. So I didn't want more off days for him.

“I think he needs to get on the mound and get his pitches going, his body moving. I think an extra day for him, though, couldn't hurt.”



The Associated Press