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Diamondbacks-Braves game postponed by weather, DH on Sunday

ATLANTA (AP) – The Arizona Diamondbacks and Atlanta Braves scheduled for Saturday night were postponed due to inclement weather. A storm brought hail and heavy rain to Trust Park on Saturday afternoon, and the probability of additional precipitation forced the postponement.

The game will be made up with a traditional doubleheader on Sunday. The first seven-inning game is scheduled for 1:20 p.m. The second game will begin approximately 40 minutes after the conclusion of the first game.

Arizona’s first game was postponed by weather since May 4-5, 2015, in Colorado. It ends a streak of 866 games without a weather postponement, the major’s longest active stretch.

Arizona had a game postponed against Colorado on Aug. 27, 2020, supporting social justice and equality.

The Braves will start right-hander Bryse Wilson in Game 1 and left-hander Drew Smyly, who had been scheduled to pitch Saturday night, in the second game. Left-hander Madison Bumgarner, who had been expected to start on Saturday night, and right-hander Zac Gallen are scheduled to pitch in the doubleheader for Arizona. The team did not immediately announce the order of the pitchers.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Diamondbacks: 2B Ketel Marte (hamstring) could be moving closer to his return. “It’s just a matter of him running and feeling comfortable and feeling confident in his running,” manager Torey Lovullo said. OF Tim Locastro (dislocated left pinkie) will have his stitches removed on Monday and then “can jump right back into games,” according to Lovullo. Braves: RHP Chris Martin (right shoulder inflammation) is not expected to need simulated games at the team’s alternate training site. Any practice game will come with the team, and manager Brian Snitker said, “he shouldn’t need a whole lot if he’s healthy.”

NO QUICK RETURN FOR PACHE

OF Cristian Pache (left groin) won’t return to Atlanta with his exit from the 10-day disabled list on Saturday. Instead, he was optioned to the alternate training site. The rookie was hitting only .133 in 11 games and will remain at the team’s alternate training site to work on his swing.

“There’s not a timetable on it,” manager Brian Snitker said. “We’d like for him to go down and get hot. … He was struggling mightily when he was here.”

Guillermo Heredia, hitting .286, will continue to start in center field.

The Braves on Saturday reinstated Smyly (left shoulder inflammation) from the 10-day injured list and optioned infielder Sean Kazmar Jr. to the alternate training site.

UP NEXT

Wilson (1-0) will be making his second start of the season for Atlanta. Smyly had a 5.73 ERA in his first two starts. Bumgarner is 1-2 with an 8.68 ERA, while Gallen has a 3.72 ERA in two starts.

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