Astros-Reds game wiped out by rain

As soon as he heard the game was called off, Astros left-hander

J.A. Happ went into the outfield at Great American Ball Park to

play catch and get in some running.

He considered working out in the rain a better deal than sitting

around inside for hours.

A forecast of unrelenting rain prompted the Cincinnati Reds to

postpone their game against Houston on Monday night more than three

hours before the scheduled start. The first postponed game for both

teams this season will be made up on Thursday afternoon, originally

a day off.

Happ was glad he didn’t have to sit around for hours to see if

the game was going to be played.

”The one good thing would be that they did call it early,”

Happ said. ”The anxiety can kind of quell down in that sense. It’s

tough to come in here and it’s delayed and delayed and delayed and

you’re anxious to get out there.”

He figured he needed to do something to stay loose, so he got in

a light workout.

”Just a little tossing and some sprint work, just kind of got

the blood flowing,” he said. ”A lot of the same stuff I did

yesterday.”

The Astros plan to keep their pitching plans intact, just

pushing each starter back one day.

The postponement gave Astros left fielder Carlos Lee another day

to recover from a ribcage injury. He hurt his left side when he ran

into shortstop Angel Sanchez during the seventh inning of a 5-0 win

over Milwaukee on Sunday, and was taken to a hospital for tests

that found no fracture.

Lee was expected to rejoin the team on Monday evening.

”He’s still stiff and sore, but we’re glad to hear the CT scan

was negative and also the X-rays were negative,” manager Brad

Mills said. ”I think we’ll check him out and see how he is and go

from there.”

The rainout prompted the Reds to change their plans for later in

the week. Right-hander Homer Bailey was scheduled to make one more

rehab start in the minors on Thursday, when it was originally a day

off. Instead, he will be reinstated and pitch against the

Astros.

”What do they say, rain is a good thing?” Bailey said. ”I was

happy to hear that. I felt ready, but there had to be one more

start (in Dayton) because of the off day. I felt a little bummed

out about it. I’m lucky things worked out.”

Cincinnati had the wettest April in its recorded history. May

isn’t starting much better.

Bailey and right-hander Johnny Cueto are coming back from

shoulder problems that sidelined them during spring training.

Bailey is further along, going 2-0 with a 0.54 ERA in three minor

league starts. He gave up only 11 hits and one earned run in 16 2-3

innings, striking out 14.

”I’m definitely glad I can be back at this level of

competition, more than anything,” Bailey said. ”I feel prepared.

I went down and thought I threw well in all my rehab starts.

Everything has progressed really well. I’m ready to step back

in.”

Manager Dusty Baker plans to move Sam LeCure back into the

bullpen when Bailey is activated. One of the relievers will get

sent to the minors. The Reds figured Bailey might as well make his

next start in Cincinnati instead of Dayton.

”He was scheduled to throw Thursday anyway, and he didn’t

necessarily want another rehab assignment,” Baker said. ”It’s

just better for our situation. He was patient. He worked very hard.

Now, it’s a go.”

There have been 18 postponements in the major leagues this

season, according to STATS LLC, three short of last year’s

total.

NOTES: Jason Bourgeois was scheduled to start for Lee in left

field on Monday. … It was only the fourth time in nine seasons

that a game was postponed at Great American. … The Reds are 2-1

against the Astros this season and 24-10 over the last three

seasons. They’ve won 12 of their last 18 against the Astros. …

Baker had planned to start Edgar Renteria at third base on Monday

in place of Scott Rolen, who’s on the DL. Instead, Baker had him at

shortstop. ”I changed my mind,” Baker said. ”He’s not really

comfortable there yet.”