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Padres-Reds postponed; doubleheader scheduled for tomorrow
CINCINNATI (AP) -- The game between the San Diego Padres and Cincinnati Reds was postponed because of rain on Wednesday night and rescheduled as part of a doubleheader on Thursday.
The first game will start at 12:35 p.m. followed by a makeup game at 6:10 p.m.
It was the ninth postponement in Great American Ball Park's history since 2003 and the second this season. The Reds have had eight rain delays, two postponements and one suspended game this season in Cincinnati.
Reliever Dale Thayer rejoined the Padres on Wednesday after missing one game on paternity leave. Thayer is 2-1 with a 1.45 ERA in 20 games.
The Padres optioned right-hander Kevin Quackenbush back to Triple-A El Paso to create a spot for Thayer. Quackenbush was called up for one game to fill in while Thayer was gone. Quackenbush didn't pitch in a 2-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night, leaving him 0-0 with a 6.75 ERA in three stints with San Diego this season.
Outfielder Carlos Quentin wasn't going to be in the Padres' lineup as manager Bud Black eases him back in. Quentin was activated before the series opener on Tuesday after missing the first 39 games with a bruised left knee, injured while diving for a ball during spring training.
Quentin went 3 for 18 during a minor league rehab stint and was 0 for 3 with a walk in his return. Black planned to play him on Thursday.
San Diego's offense ranked last in the league with a .222 average and 118 runs. The Padres are hopeful that with Quentin back and third baseman Chase Headley finally healthy, their offense can pick up. Headley returned from the disabled list last Saturday after recovering from a strained right calf and has homered twice.
Headley's solo shot in the ninth inning off a 99 mph fastball from Aroldis Chapman gave the Padres a 2-1 win in the series opener.
NOTES: The Padres haven't won a series on the road this season. ... Major League Baseball has made a scoring change from San Diego's 4-0 loss to Washington on April 26, taking a hit away from Jayson Werth and giving Jedd Gyorko an error. That takes two earned runs away from Padres starter Andrew Cashner, lowering his ERA to 2.35. ... Manager Bryan Price said C Devin Mesoraco, on a rehab assignment recovering from a strained hamstring, will play a couple more games before the Reds will consider activating him. He began the assignment Tuesday night with Triple-A Louisville.