CLEVELAND -- Wednesday’s series finale between the Royals and Indians has been postponed due to inclement weather as a storm making its way through Ohio dumped several inches of rain on the area around Progressive Field.
It began late Wednesday morning and showed no sign of letting up through the night, forcing Cleveland officials to call the game off more than two hours before scheduled first pitch.
The game will be made up on Monday, with a 12:10 p.m. CT start at Progressive Field. Both teams were scheduled to be off that day. Anyone holding tickets to Wednesday’s game will be able to enter with their original ticket or be given the option to exchange into any of Cleveland's other five remaining home games if they are unable to attend Monday’s makeup game. Tickets must be exchanged by Sunday.
From there, the Royals and Indians will fly to Kansas City to begin their final series of the regular season against each other, a three-game set that begins on Tuesday. The two teams will end up playing each other seven times in the final two weeks of the season; the series this week in Cleveland began with a doubleheader -- which the Royals swept this past Monday -- to make up for a postponed game that was supposed to happen back in July as the final game before the All-Star break.
“It’s not ideal,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said. “But that’s part of being part of a game that’s influenced by weather. We got to do what we got to do.”
Wednesday’s postponement also means the Royals will get two days off before they next play on Friday in Detroit, where they begin a three-game series against the Tigers at 6:10 p.m. CT. It was going to be the final road series of the regular season, until the Royals had to schedule a flight back to Cleveland for Monday’s makeup game.
Matheny said that the Royals will stay on schedule with their pitching plans, with everyone being moved back due to the postponement. Right-hander Carlos Hernández will start Friday in Detroit, followed by Jon Heasley -- the right-hander’s second career start after making his debut last weekend -- on Saturday and lefty Kris Bubic on Sunday.
That lines up Jackson Kowar for Monday in Cleveland, although no pitching announcement has been made.