Brewers-Braves postponed because of rain

Another rainout has forced the Atlanta Braves to schedule their

second traditional doubleheader of the young season.

The Braves game against the Milwaukee Brewers was postponed by

rain on Tuesday night. The teams will play a doubleheader on

Wednesday, beginning at 4 p.m.

Tuesday night’s game was postponed followed a rain delay of 1

hour, 28 minutes.

The Braves swept the New York Mets in a doubleheader on April 16

at Turner Field after a rain postponement the previous day.

The second twinbill is unusual for a team that has played only

13 home games.

”That’s Atlanta for you,” said Braves third baseman Chipper

Jones, who said the good news is the teams avoided a

split-doubleheader.

”It’s hard to play for three hours and then sit for three hours

and then play again,” Jones said.

Jones, who has returned from the second major knee surgery of

his career this season, played both games of the April 16

doubleheader and said he plans to play both games on Wednesday.

Atlanta’s Tommy Hanson and Tim Hudson are scheduled to face

Milwaukee’s Marco Estrada and Zack Greinke.

Greinke, who opened the season on the disabled list with a

fractured left rib, will be making his debut for the Brewers. The

team will have to make a roster move to bring Greinke off the

disabled list.

Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said he had not decided if the team

would wait until after the first game to make the roster move.

”The first game may dictate what we’re going to do,” Roenicke

said. ”We may make a move before the first game. But we may wait.

I can’t tell you exactly what we’re going to do.”

It was the 19th game postponed this season, two shy of last

year’s total. The wet start again has forced Braves manager Fredi

Gonzalez to contemplate the ramifications a doubleheader will have

on his pitching staff for the second time in three weeks.

Gonzalez said either Hanson or Hudson might pitch on three days’

rest to keep the team from having to bring up a fill-in starter

from the minor leagues.

”We’ll kick it around,” Gonzalez said.

NOTES: Brewers OF Nyjer Morgan was reinstated from the 15-day

disabled list and was in the starting lineup, batting second and

playing center field. He is returning from a bruised right

quadriceps. … The Brewers placed LHP Zach Braddock on the 15-day

DL because of a sleep disorder. Roenicke said tests on Braddock the

last 10 days confirmed the disorder.