Monday's game was postponed because of rain, and Koyie Hill, the Cubs' player representative, said they lobbied to play a split doubleheader on Wednesday. The Nationals were already scheduled to stay in Chicago on Wednesday night and wanted to play Thursday, which was an off-day for both teams.
"If our players and their players can't agree on when to play, then it goes to the union, and if they can keep from scheduling split doubleheaders and there's another option, they'll take the other option no matter what," Hill said Tuesday. "The only way we could've gotten to play Wednesday was if Washington agreed."
The two sides presented their preference, disagreed, discussed their options with their respective teams again, and still disagreed.
"At that point, it goes to the [players'] union," Hill said. "[The Nationals] were flying out Thursday at 3 [p.m.], so for them it made sense. They were going to stay one more night and enjoy our wonderful city and then go to Philadelphia in the middle of our off-day. Unfortunately, we didn't have much of a say."
This was Chicago's fourth rainout this season, the most since 2009, when five home games were washed out. The other rainouts this year were April 19 against the Padres; April 27 against the Rockies; and May 15 against the Giants.
Tickets for Monday's game will be good for admission to Thursday's game, which will start at 1:20 p.m. CT.