The baseball season has been a study in starts and stops for the Buffalo Bisons.
The Herd’s doubleheader against the Scranton/Wilkes Barre RailRiders on Tuesday was the second straight postponement. The games were called with snow and cold temperatures moving through Coca-Cola Field.
That makes it six postponed games for the Bisons through the first 15. They are, however, 6-3, and a half game in first place in the International League North Divison.
Marcus Stroman is scheduled to start for the Herd tonight when the teams play a single game at 6:05 p.m. He is 0-1 in his first two starts with a 1.80 earned run average. Stroman, one of the top prospects in the Toronto Blue Jays organization, has 12 strikeouts against six walks in 10 innings of work.
With two games to make up in the series with the RailRiders, Thursday’s game will be a doubleheader beginning at 12:05 p.m.
Ricky Romero and Kyle Drabek are scheduled to start those seven-inning games before the team leaves for an eight-game road trip.
The other postponed game will now be made up as part of a doubleheader on July 2 with the first game beginning at 5:35 p.m.
While the weather has wreaked havoc with the schedule, the roster moves continued on Tuesday afternoon.
The Toronto Blue Jays purchased the contract of shortstop Munenori Kawasaki and activated pitcher J.A. Happ from his Major League Rehabilitation Assignment.
To make room on their roster, the Blue Jays optioned catcher Erik Kratz to the Bisons. Toronto also announced today that pitcher Jeremy Jeffress cleared waivers and has been outrighted to the Bisons. Also announced was that Buffalo pitcher Marcus Walden has been designated for assignment.
The promotion for Kawasaki comes after Toronto’s Maicer Izturis suffered a complete tear of his lateral collateral ligament. Typical recovery time for the tear is four to six months, although the 33-year old is reportedly seeking a second opinion before scheduling the surgery.
In eight games with the Bisons, Kawasaki batted .240 with a double and an RBI.
Happ returns to the Blue Jays after making one start for the Herd last Thursday. He struck out six, gave up one run on five hits in a no-decision to Pawtucket.
Kratz played six games with the Blue Jays, batting .200 with a home run and four runs batted in. He is a three-time International League All-Star, winning the honor with Indianapolis (2009) and Lehigh Valley (2010, 2011).
Jeffress pitched in 25 games for Buffalo last season, going 1-0 with a 1.65 earned run average and seven saves. He appeared in three games for the Blue Jays this year giving up four runs in 3∑ innings.
Walden was 0-1 with a 13.50 ERA in three games with the Bisons this year.