Stephen Strasburg is scheduled to make his return to the major leagues on Tuesday following a one-year absence due to Tommy John surgery, but it appears that might not happen. The weather forecast for the Nationals' game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Nationals Park calls for frequent thunderstorms and rain showers. The Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang calls for a 90 percent chance of rain.
Frequent showers and storms around the metro area make a challenging effort for the game tonight. The game might get in with the heaviest precipitation west of the city, but it is more likely to see some rain delays or even postponement..
That would certainly put the game in doubt. Even if the game is played, there is a chance that Strasburg won't end up pitching. Manager Davey Johnson said earlier in the week that the team might send Strasburg to the mound another day if he warms up and rain delays the game.