Rain, rain go away: Cards will start Garcia at SS if weather clears

Cardinals utility infielder Greg Garcia probably hasn't rooted for clear skies like this in a long, long time.

Garcia and the Cardinals hope to get in the final game of their three-game series today at Cincinnati, but so far Mother Nature is not cooperating.

The 12:35 p.m. ET start has been delayed, and for how long nobody knows at this point. The forecast calls for rain throughout the day and the Reds, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, have not announced a potential starting time.

If the game is played, the Cardinals will start Garcia at shortstop, according to the Post-Dispatch. St. Louis has used him more as a utility infielder, but he played mostly shortstop in the minor leagues. The Cards had settled on Pete Kozma as the backup shortstop behind Jonny Peralta for most of the summer. But since Garcia returned to the majors last month, he's had successful stints as a pinch-hitter, earning the trust of manager Mike Matheny to give him a shot at shortstop today.

Garcia is slotted in the eight-hole in the batting order.

But first the rain has to stop pouring down on the Queen City.

(h/t St. Louis Post-Dispatch)