Happ to start Game 3

J.A. Happ tries to throw after getting hit by a line drive during Game 2 of the NLDS. Happ will start a postponed Game 3 Sunday. (David Maialetti / Staff Photographer)

UPDATED 2: Lefthander J.A. Happ will start a rescheduled Game 3 on Sunday night, the Phillies announced. Happ and manager Charlie Manuel will be available to the media later this afternoon.

Happ was hit below the left knee by a line drive from the bat of the only hitter he faced in a relief appearance in Game 2. Afterward, he said he did not think the injury would be an issue.

Had Game 3 been played tonight, as scheduled, Pedro Martinez was expected to start.

Colorado is expected to send out Jason Hammel, as scheduled.


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UPDATED: The Phillies, their fans and baseball commisioner Bud Selig all learned a little bit about playing in adverse weather conditions last fall, with the circumstances surrounding Game 5 of the World Series.

Now, weather is again a factor as snow forced the postponement of tonight's Game 3 of the National League Division Series in Denver. Game time was scheduled for 9:37 p.m. Eastern but the call was made at around noon.

"I made the only (decision) that I could," Selig told Foxsports.com's Tracy Ringolsby this morning. "You know, I did this for over 40 years with the Brewers, when I had to take weather into consideration.

"[Game 5 of the World Series] last year only increased my resolve that we want to take no chance with our game. This is a no-brainer with the weather forecast."


Apparently, Mother Nature believes in karma.

With a temperature of 18 degrees and snow falling here in Denver, Major League Baseball has pushed Game 3 of the National League Division Series to tomorrow. While the postponement sets the stage for a tricky schedule -- more on that below -- it also will allow lefthander Cliff Lee to start Game 4 on Monday on normal rest. It will also likely allow both lefthander J.A. Happ and righthander Joe Blanton to pitch tomorrow in Game 3, allowing the Phillies to push Pedro Martinez back for a potential long relief appearance of Cole Hamels in Game  5 on Tuesday, or for a potential NLCS Game 1 start on Thursday.

Here is how it sets up:

  1. Game 3 (Sun., Oct. 11) LHP J.A. Happ w/ Joe Blanton available at RHP Jason Hammel 
  2. Game 4 (Mon., Oct. 12) RHP Cliff Lee at RHP Ubaldo Jimenez
  3. Game 5 (Tue., Oct. 13) LHP Cole Hamels w/ RHP Pedro Martinez avail. at RHP Aaron Cook
  4. OFF (Wed., Oct. 14)
  5. NLCS Game 1 (Thu., Oct. 15): Hamels/Martinez/Blanton
  6. NLCS Game 2 (Fri., Oct. 16): Happ/Martinez/Blanton
  7. OFF (Sat., Oct. 17)
  8. NLCS Game 3 (Sun., Oct. 18): Lee
  9. NLCS Game 4 (Mon., Oct. 19): Hamels/Happ/Martinez/Blanton
  10. OFF (Tue., Oct. 20)
  11. NLCS Game 5 (Wed., Oct. 21)
  12. OFF (Thu., Oct. 22)
  13. NLCS Game 6 (Fri., Oct. 23)
  14. NLCS Game 7 (Sat., Oct. 24)

As for the next few days:

Game 3 will be tomorrow at 10:07 p.m. The start time for Game 4 on Monday will not be announced until tomorrow.

This sets up the possibility of either a day game after a night game on Monday, or late-night travel back to Philly on Monday night for a potential Game 5 on Tuesday.

If the Phillies win the next two games, Hamels would be able to start NLCS Game 1, but Lee would likely be pushed back until Game 3.

More as we get it throughout the day