CHICAGO — The Cubs still don't know if they're going to hop an airplane late Wednesday night, headed into Washington and possibly Hurricane Florence-driven storms.
Manager Joe Maddon said he's checking hurricanetracker.com for information but hasn't received any updates from his front office or Major League Baseball. He's telling his players to expect to play that game Thursday afternoon -- necessitated because of Sunday's rainout against the Nationals -- and then return to Wrigley Field for a 1:20 p.m. start against the Reds on Friday.
Maddon said he talked to first baseman Anthony Rizzo on Tuesday about the situation.
"The big thing now is keep the switch on," Maddon said. "You always have to keep the switch on. When you get through a rain delay, you have to think you're going to play. When you're scheduled to play in Washington on Thursday and there's a potential hurricane, you have to think you're still going to play. The trap is to think that you don't want to play or you're not going to play and all of a sudden you are, then you have to turn the switch on. That normally creates a bad result.
"It's a tough stretch. It's one of the worst you're going to go through in baseball but you have to keep the switch on."
The Cubs are on their 22nd consecutive day with a scheduled game Tuesday, with that stretch already lengthened by a trip to Atlanta for a makeup game Aug. 30. If they do play Thursday, they're looking at a game for 30 consecutive days.
"I love all my teammates, but seeing them 30 days in a row is not what I intend to do on a daily basis," Rizzo said. "The one day away from them goes for two weeks seeing them."
Ben Zobrist says ballplayers have to be flexible about their schedules.
"It's kind of more of the same," he said. "You roll with it, do the best you can. The conditions are not always ideal to do what we're trying to do out there, but there's no crying in baseball. We'll just keep going after it."