Rainout of Cubs-Cardinals game pushes starters back a day
BY STEVE GREENBERG Staff Reporter May 14, 2014 10:29PM
Updated: June 17, 2014 2:22PM
ST. LOUIS — A light but persistent rain Wednesday led to the rescheduling of the Cubs-Cardinals game. It will be played at Busch Stadium on Aug. 30 as part of a day-night doubleheader.
Both of Wednesday’s scheduled starting pitchers — the Cubs’ Jason Hammel and the Cardinals’ Michael Wacha — are expected to get the ball Thursday in the series finale. That would push Jeff Samardzija to Friday against the Milwaukee Brewers at Wrigley Field.
No worries for Veras
Reliever Jose Veras was activated from the disabled list and pronounced himself “good to go” after four rehab appearances at Class AA Tennessee.
Veras blew two saves and compiled an ugly ERA of 15.88 in six appearances before being placed on the 15-day DL with a strained left oblique on April 26. The ex-closer said he is fine with taking the ball in any situation.
“As long as I’m healthy, bro, I can do my thing,” he said. “I know who I am, and I love the team.”
Veras took the roster spot of reliever Zac Rosscup, who was put on the 15-day DL with what general manager Jed Hoyer described as soreness in his throwing shoulder.
Hoyer: Grimm will bounce back
Hoyer said the team will continue with a 13-man bullpen for at least the time being. A recent combination of short outings by starting pitchers and extra-inning games has been a challenge for a young bullpen.
One of those young arms belongs to 25-year-old Justin Grimm, who issued two 12th-inning walks before hitting a batter to force in the winning run in a brutal outing Tuesday.
‘‘He has certainly had a few control issues,’’ Hoyer said, ‘‘but he’s got a great arm. … He’s going to be fine. He’s got a great arm, multiple weapons, multiple offspeed weapons. He’ll be really good.’’