Cubs-Braves game postponed due to weather

CHICAGO -- Saturday's game between the Cubs and Braves was postponed because of inclement weather. No makeup date was announced.

The two teams do have a mutual off-day on July 7 before Atlanta starts a three-game series against the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.

Fans are encouraged to retain their tickets from today's postponed game to use for the rescheduled contest.

This is the Cubs' second postponement. Their game Wednesday against the Brewers also was postponed because of rain. No make up date for that game has been set. It's the first postponed game for the Braves this season.

To accommodate the postponement, Saturday's original starter, John Lackey, will be pushed back to Sunday's series finale, while Jason Hammel, Jake Arrieta and Jon Lester will face the Pirates in order in the three-game series that starts Monday at PNC Park. Kyle Hendricks, who was scheduled to start Sunday, was skipped and will now start Thursday when the Cubs open a series against the Nationals at Wrigley Field.

"Kyle's fine, he doesn't need any extra time," Maddon said of the right-hander, who is 1-2 with a 3.52 ERA. "It's just something we chose to do. He actually, on paper, matches up well against Washington. It's one of those things. The weather permitted us to do these things, so we're going to do it."

Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.