Russell Martin is NOT starting tonight. “Lieberthal was ready to go,” Grady said. “I think two days for Russ and another one on Monday might get him right back to where he needs to be (with his stiff lower back). I see a different look on his face today (after not playing Friday).” … Also, D-Lowe’s bullpen session was pushed back a day because the off-day made it less urgent that he start as scheduled on Tuesday, even though Grady hasn’t officially ruled him out of that game. Lowe did throw in a pitching motion off flat ground and said he felt “100 times better than yesterday.” … Still no news on Randy Wolf, but you can take it to the bank he’ll do at least one more rehab start.
Saenz got a big cake from his teammates congratulating him on his first start since June 23, when he DH’d at Tampa Bay, and his first start in the field since June 1, when he played 1B. The cake was decorated with three plastic ballplayer figures, one at each base, and the one at 1B had a picture of Saenz’s face glued to the head.
It’s been a pretty nice day here, but the forecast calls for another big storm to come through later this afternoon. If that happens, I don’t think they would have any other choice but to play a doubleheader tomorrow. It was coming down in sheets yesterday, and frankly, I’m not sure why they waited until 8 o’clock local time to call the game. … There is some band playing on the field right now, I guess just a warmup, because there is nobody in the park 3 1/2 hours before game time. Other than that, not much news so far.
First rainout of the year. It’ll be made up sometime on the Dodgers visit here in September, probably on the 17th when both teams are off, but no date has been set yet. Tomko and Billingsley were pushed back a day, which might push Hendrickson, who has been the scheduled Sunday starter, out of the rotation. Rockies are skipping Fogg, who would have been tonight’s starter, and staying with their scheduled Sat (Jeff Francis) and Sun (Ubaldo Jimenez) starters. D-backs are pounding the Braves, so will probably move within a game of first, and Pods are pounding the ‘Stros, so probably will move within 1 1/2. See ya tomorrow