Reds Weather Update: Graham Ashcraft's 2024 debut in jeopardy

Rain, rain, go away!

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Graham Ashcraft (51)
Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Graham Ashcraft (51) / Sam Greene/The Enquirer / USA TODAY

It's (not) always sunny in Philadelphia. Unfortunately, Reds fans, you may have to wait an extra day (or two) before watching Graham Ashcraft make his 2024 debut. The latest forecast for the Philadelphia area suggests it's going to be a cold, soggy night in the City of Brotherly Love.

After winning a wild one on Monday night courtesy of a grand slam in the 10th inning off the bat of Spencer Steer, it would appear as though the Cincinnati Reds may have wait until Wednesday or maybe even Thursday, in order to play their second game of the series against the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Reds and Phillies are scheduled to begin tonight's game at 6:40 p.m. ET, but if the weather doesn't break, the two teams may be in line to play a doubleheader on Wednesday. That said, tomorrow's forecast isn't very optimistic either. A makeup game, however, could be scheduled for Thursday, as both the Reds and Phillies have an off day.

Reds Weather Update: Will there be a rain delay for Graham Ashcraft's 2024 debut?

Ashcraft is schedule to start tonight for the Reds. The right-hander was in and out of the Reds rotation in 2023 due to injury, and eventually winded up on the 60-day IL. Ashcraft required toe surgery at the end of last season, and though he was a bit behind schedule this spring, still managed to make the Reds Opening Day roster.

The Phillies will counter with Spencer Turnbull. The former Detroit Tigers pitcher was non-tendered this past offseason and signed a one-year, $2 million deal with the Phillies. Tonight's game is scheduled to be the right-hander's Phillies debut, but like Ashcraft, Turnbull may have to wait if the game is postponed.

While Reds fans are hopeful that the weather cooperates for tonight's game, don't be surprised if the Reds and Phillies play a doubleheader later this week. While this is the Reds' only visit to Citizen's Bank Park this year, the Phillies do make a trip to Cincinnati later this month.

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