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Nats, Mets rained out on Thursday

The Nationals and the New York Mets were rained out on Thursday in the scheduled series finale at Nationals Park.

There was no make-up date announced and Washington no longer needs to recall a starter for Saturday’s game against the Minnesota Twins. Ace pitcher Stephen Strasburg (right lat strain) will miss that start, but is set to pitch a simulated game in Colorado on Tuesday. He was placed on the disabled list Thursday retroactive to June 1.

“This was a welcome call,” Washington manager Davey Johnson said. “And then not having to add another starter and then we got an off day on Monday. This is much better so I’m happy with it.”

Friday’s game is also in jeopardy with a nasty weather forecast on tap for the series opener against the Minnesota Twins. But for now left-hander Gio Gonzalez is scheduled to start that game. If not, he will pitch on Saturday. Nathan Karns will take the next game with Jordan Zimmermann the day after. All of that is assuming there’s no doubleheader over the weekend.

Ross Detwiler (strained right oblique) is supposed to make a rehab start at Single-A Potomac on Saturday. He would be in line to return to the rotation next Thursday in Colorado.

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