News and Notes: Cubs’ opener against Dodgers postponed
The start of the Cubs’ series against the defending World Series champion Dodgers will have to wait a day.
Monday night’s game was postponed due to the forecast of inclement weather. The game will be made up Tuesday as part of a 7-inning, split doubleheader with first pitch for game 1 at 1:20 p.m. on Marquee Sports Network. The second game will begin at its regularly scheduled time of 6:40 p.m.
The Cubs planned to start Kyle Hendricks in the series opener, with the Dodgers going with Walker Buehler. Game 2 starters are scheduled to be Clayton Kershaw and Adbert Alzolay.
Pregame coverage will begin at noon on Marquee Sports Network. Rick Sutcliffe will join the broadcast booth of Jon Sciambi and Jim Deshaies.
Ian Happ and Nico Hoerner will have another day to recover.
The Cubs had announced their lineup prior to Monday’s postponement and both Happ and Hoerner were out of the lineup after their collision Sunday in Cincinnati. Both players were going through a series of tests on Monday.
“Seems to be better today,” Ross said. “Pretty sore. Him and Nico both woke up this morning with a lot of soreness.”
Ross didn’t want to commit to their availability for Monday’s game had it been played until they had gone through all the assessments with the team doctors.
“I’ll know much more when I talk to the trainers after they put him through all the tests and see the doctors,” Ross said.
Joc Pederson was going to make his return to the Cubs after spending time on the 10-day injured list. Pederson was making his return against his former team and was scheduled to hit leadoff. Jason Heyward was going to play right field and Kris Bryant was going to be in center for the injured Happ.
“He’s got a lot of history with those guys over there, really good history, winning history, with that group,” Ross said. “He’s excited to be back, I know that. He feels good. I haven’t asked him specifically, but I’m sure he’s excited to face his old team.”