Batista in for McClellan — and then out (updated)

9:20 p.m. update:

McClellan is warming up and will come in to replace Batista. Matt Maloney will pitch for the Reds.


Original post:

With rain threatening imminently, the Cardinals have made a change in their starting lineup.

Miguel Batista has been announced as the scheduled starter, in place of Kyle McClellan. The idea, apparently, is that if a lengthy rain delay strikes early in the game, McClellan might be limited to only one or two innings, essentially wasting his start.

Batista last started a game on July 27, 2010, also as a spot starter — in that case, standing in for Stephen Strasburg with the Nationals.


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