It is not a pretty looking disabled list.
The Buffalo Bisons were already dealing with the Peace Bridge shuttle as players were being pulled up to Toronto to assist the surging Blue Jays.
Now, the Herd is maneuvering through a series of injuries that seemed to all come in one big lump.
A slew of roster moves preceded Monday night’s 4-2 loss to the to the Syracuse Chiefs in front of 5,092 at Coca-Cola Field.
Three players went to the disabled list – Neil Wagner, John Stilson and Brad Glenn.
Wagner was one of four pitchers injured on Sunday and he is dealing with more forearm tightness that landed him on the disabled list from May 3-10.
Another Bison is teetering on the edge of joining the disabled list, but the Herd did get two pitchers back from Toronto, one from Double-A and one outfielder off the DL.
“Wagner I think flew to Florida there and he’s having some tests done down there,” manager Gary Allenson said.
Stilson, one of the Herd’s reliable relief pitchers, developed a shoulder injury during the road trip in Indianapolis while outfielder Glenn is dealing with lower back issues.
The official disabled list doesn’t even take into account starter Ricky Romero, who could miss his next turn in the rotation. “Romero I believe has a calf issue that might keep him out a little while,” Allenson said.
Also injured on Sunday were pitchers Rob Rasmussen and Sean Nolin but Allenson said Rasmussen has a bruise and is day-to-day while Nolin, currently on the disabled list, did not suffer any setback.
Reinforcement is on its way as starter Liam Hendriks and closer Bobby Korecky returned from Toronto.
Hendriks will start tonight’s game against the Toledo Mud Hens.
Lefty Richard Bleier was promoted from Double-A New Hampshire to help the pitching staff while outfielder Brett Carroll came off the disabled list.
“Obviously losing a couple of key guys there that’s going to affect us, but it’s an opportunity for some other guys to step up,” Allenson said. “It’s nice to have Korecky back there but some of these other guys in the bullpen, we need them to pitch well but more than anything we need better offense. We’re just doing nothing. … We need to get the two-out hit. I don’t care where it’s at or how hard it’s hit. We just need to get the two-out hit.”
In Monday’s loss, the Herd stranded 10 runners, scoring their only runs in the fourth – one on a single by Munenori Kawasaki and the other when Darin Mastroianni broke for home on a passed ball. Syracuse scored its four runs on three home runs, including a two-run shot by Brian Goodwin in the fifth.
In tonight’s opener of a four-game series with the Toledo (7:05 p.m,. Radio 1520), Mike Hessman of the Mud Hens will be looking to break Ollie Carnegie’s International League of 258 career home runs he hit for the Buffalo (1931-41 and in 1945).
Hessman hit 18 of his 258 IL homers with the Herd in 2010. He did not play for Toledo on Monday night, taking the day off after he had pre-cancerous growths removed from his nose and forehead.