PITTSBURGH - After Saturday's game between the Nationals and Pirates, pitcher Livan Hernandez said several times that teams need to give players more notice when a game is about to start after a rain delay, pointing out that he had to finish his warmup routine in the top of the first inning while the Nationals were batting. He also took some issue with the fact that Pirates starter Jeff Karstens was already warming up by the time he got to the field.
"The other pitchers were there already. How? I think they knew before," Hernandez said.
But manager Jim Riggleman said on Sunday that he didn't have any issue with how the game was started.
The Pirates announced an 8:15 start time around 7:45 p.m., giving both teams a half-hour to warm up. The game got started at 8:16 p.m. Hernandez, who typically throws 85 pitches in the bullpen before his starts, said he needed another 15 minutes to finish warming up. Riggleman, though, said the Pirates handled things appropriately.
"They told us all along they were going to re-evaluate this at 8:00," Riggleman said. "At quarter to eight, they told us we would play at 8:15. Players are creatures of habit. I'm sure Livo would have liked to have had more time. But when you get in these situations, you deal with it as it comes."