Urias on standby if Dodgers push Hill back

Team concerned about Hurricane Matthew affecting Game 2 of NLDS

Urias on standby if Dodgers push Hill back

WASHINGTON -- The Dodgers remain concerned about the weather for Saturday's Game 2 of the National League Division Series, when they are scheduled to start pitcher Rich Hill, who has had blister problems for the past three months.

With Hurricane Matthew heading up the Atlantic coast and a cold front coming from the west, the National Weather Service is calling for an 80 percent chance of rain in the morning, tailing off to 30 percent in the afternoon, with the game scheduled to start at 4 p.m. ET (1 p.m. PT, FS1).

Game Date Matchup Highlights
Gm 1 Oct. 7 LAD 4, WAS 3 video
Gm 2 Oct. 9 WSH 5, LAD 2 video
Gm 3 Oct. 10 WAS 8, LAD 3 video
Gm 4 Oct. 11 LAD 6, WAS 5 video
Gm 5 Oct. 13 LAD 4, WSH 3 video

General manager Farhan Zaidi said rookie left-hander Julio Urias will be on standby if the weather forces stops and restarts of the game that could flare up Hill's blisters. Those blisters on his middle and index fingers limited Hill to only seven starts over the last 2 1/2 months of the season.

Manager Dave Roberts said the issue of Saturday's game was discussed in his pre-series meeting with umpires and MLB officials on Friday.

"Talking to them about potential weather, I don't think it's going to affect a stoppage in the middle," Roberts said. "There might be a delay at the start. You only get concerned if there's a stoppage after it starts. They're obviously cognizant of that. You don't want to burn your starter in this situation. They're going to try to give us as much warning as they can. The biggest fear is to start, get him hot and then burn him."

The Dodgers faced that situation with Clayton Kershaw's start at Yankee Stadium on Sept. 14.

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