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Rain washes out finale, Morales' opportunity

Rain washes out finale, Morales' opportunity

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CHICAGO -- Many of his Rockies teammates were in various stages of transition from uniform to street clothes, but catcher Jose Morales lingered in his game pants just a little longer. But no amount of delaying would reverse the decision, because of rain, to postpone Wednesday afternoon's Cubs-Rockies game until June 27.

He, too, finally began to change attire.

The weather hasn't been good to Morales. As the backup catcher, Morales has made six starts. But two times he was scheduled to start, rain washed away the opportunity. In both cases, he was supposed to catch Rockies right-hander Jhoulys Chacin.

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Morales good-naturedly chuckled about his luck, or lack thereof.

"It's definitely one of the hardest parts of baseball," Morales said. "During rain delays you've got to stay focused. When the game gets rained out, it does stink, but I'll be ready for tomorrow, I guess. Nothing I can do about it."

Of course, Morales was starting because the Rockies wanted to rest regular catcher Chris Iannetta. Now, with Thursday's schedule day off, Iannetta can have two days of rest without missing a game, so there is a good shot he'll be back in the lineup Friday night at home against the Pirates, and Morales will have to wait again.

Morales, 28, a switch-hitter obtained from the Twins during the offseason for Minor League pitcher Paul Bargas, has hit .227 in eight total appearances this season, with two doubles, four walks and four RBIs. The Rockies have gone 5-1 when he has started behind the plate. Morales also made a brief appearance at second base and had a nice, barehand play for an assist, in a home game against the Cubs on April 16.

"You don't want to be taken by surprise and be in the lineup when you're not ready to play mentally," Morales said. "And once you're in there, don't try to do too much."

In other developments:

• The Rockies have simply backed up the pitchers a game. So starters for the home series against the Pirates starting Friday are Chacin (3-1, 2.67 ERA), Jason Hammel (2-1, 3.80) and Ubaldo Jimenez (0-1, 6.75). With another day off next Monday, the Rockies are not setting the rotation beyond Sunday just yet.

• The Rockies have had three weather postponements this month. They had just four all last season, but three of those were in one month (May).

• At first glance, it might have made sense to reschedule Wednesday's game for May 23, right after the Rockies play a three-game set in nearby Milwaukee. But if that had occurred, the Cubs would have been forced to play 23 straight games without a day off. Also, the Rockies are slated for a doubleheader at home on May 24 against the D-backs as a makeup for a game postponed from April 3. The Rockies would have been playing 21 games in 20 days.

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, and follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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