By Evan Brunell
Sometimes, baseball's rules are ... well, interesting.
Edinson Volquez was slated to start Friday night's game against the Cardinals, but the floodgates opened after just one batter in the top of the first inning, necessitating a rain delay that lasted over two hours.
The game is in St. Louis, so Volquez had yet to step on the mound. According to Elias, that means he will not get credit for a start or even a game noted on his pitching records. When Matt Maloney relieved him to throw the first pitch, that made Maloney the starting pitcher of record.
However, Volquez does get a game played in his batting records, as he was in the original lineup. Volquez did not bat as the first inning wrapped after four hitters. Given Volquez's appearance in the starting lineup but subsequent removal after the rain delay, he is not eligible to return to the game
Score one for Tony La Russa, who started reliever Miguel Batista as La Russa anticipated the rain delay. When play resumed, Kyle McClellan, the original started, came in to pitch. Meanwhile, Baker now loses Volquez.