Astros, Cubs snowed out at Wrigley

Astros, Cubs snowed out at Wrigley

CHICAGO -- The Cubs and Houston Astros game Wednesday was postponed because of snow, and no makeup date has been set.

The field was covered by snow early Wednesday morning, and the forecast for the Chicago area called for more precipitation.

The Cubs and Astros are next scheduled to play in Chicago July 13-15, which is after the All-Star break. Both teams have July 12 off, which is a possible makeup date. The teams were waiting for Major League Baseball to approve a makeup date and time. Thursday was already an off-day on the Cubs schedule.

"An off-day isn't bad, coming off a long Spring Training and a road trip, it's not bad to have one off-day to organize yourself a little, acclimate yourself, and relax a little bit," Cubs manager Lou Piniella said. "Two? Nothing you can do about it. Especially when you're smarting from a couple of losses. You enjoy your off-days a little more coming off of wins, you know? But there's nothing you can do about it, we'll be ready to play on Friday."

The Cubs did tweak their rotation. Carlos Zambrano (1-1, 6.00 ERA) will open Friday's series against the Cincinnati Reds in an Opening Day rematch against Aaron Harang. Rich Hill (1-0, 1.29 ERA), who was scheduled to pitch Wednesday, now will go Saturday and Ted Lilly (1-0, 2.77 ERA) will start Sunday followed by Jason Marquis (0-1, 3.27 ERA) on Monday against San Diego and then Wade Miller (0-1, 13.50 ERA).

No workout is planned for Thursday's off-day.

"We're going to get a little hitting in today, a few pitchers are going to throw in a covered area downstairs, and that's it," Piniella said. "Tomorrow, let the players relax and enjoy themselves and come back on Friday and get after it."

While Hill and Lilly got their throwing in in the batting cage, others, like Alfonso Soriano, headed home.

The last Cubs home game postponed by snow was April 7, 2003, which was Dusty Baker's managerial debut at Wrigley Field and that season's home opener against Montreal. That was the first Cubs game called because of snow since April 16, 2001, when the team was to play host to Philadelphia.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.