WASHINGTON — The Nationals postponed Monday night's game against the Braves in the wake of the shootings at the nearby Navy Yard.
The game was rescheduled as part of a day-night doubleheader today.
"It's a very emotional day. An extremely horrific act happened very near to the ballpark," Washington GM Mike Rizzo said. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims over there and all the people affected by this. We felt it was inappropriate to play a major-league baseball game with such tragedy right down the street."
The stadium is located blocks from the Navy Yard. One of its parking lots was used for families of the Navy Yard employees to meet after the evacuation of the facility.
"Major League Baseball mourns those who have been lost to this senseless tragedy," commissioner Bud Selig said. "Major League Baseball's security department will continue to track this matter in consultation with the Nationals and under the guidance of the local authorities."
The postponement was announced shortly after 3 p.m., about four hours before the scheduled start.
"We have to be in contact with the federal authorities, the state and D.C. authorities to have a coordinated effort, and then whenever you cancel a game, MLB is involved and we have to go through the correct procedures for that," Rizzo said.
PERALTA PREPARING: Jhonny Peralta is expected to leave for the instructional league Wednesday so he can keep working toward rejoining the Tigers after completing his 50-game suspension. Manager Jim Leyland said Peralta, Detroit's starting shortstop until his suspension, will play the outfield. Rookie Jose Iglesias has been playing shortstop since his acquisition from the Red Sox.
ACE VISITS ANDREWS: Mets RHP Matt Harvey, who is out for the season with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament, was examined by noted orthopedic surgeon James Andrews for a second opinion. Harvey, 24, hopes to avoid reconstructive surgery, which would sideline him for 2014.
CUBAN HIRES BORAS: Cuban defector Alexander Guerrero, who reportedly was near a $32 million deal with the Dodgers about a week ago, hired agent Scott Boras to represent him. Guerrero, 26, was a two-time All-Star infielder in Cuba.
MARINERS: Ace RHP Felix Hernandez, who has been bothered by an oblique strain, threw a bullpen session but won't make his scheduled start Wednesday. RHP Hisashi Iwakuma will replace him against the Tigers.
ORIOLES: INF Wilson Betemit, who has played only six games in an injury-plagued season, was designated for assignment.
ROYALS: RHP Yordano Ventura, one of the team's top prospects, is set to make his major-league debut tonight in place of LHP Danny Duffy, who has had some inflammation in his surgically repaired pitching elbow.