An off day in the Pacific Coast League is rarely a bad thing.
With its odd and at times daunting travel schedule with league cities stretching as far east as Nashville and as far south as New Orleans, it seems as though teams are either playing a game or traveling to one.
So the rare day off can be quite beneficial.
But three consecutive days off? Unless it’s the midseason All-Star break, that’s a bit much.
The Tacoma Rainiers will go three days without playing a game. It wasn’t planned. Today was scheduled to be an off day for the Rainiers and all other teams in the PCL.
Tacoma had its games with Salt Lake City rained out Monday and the doubleheader scheduled for Tuesday was also postponed.
Three days off in the first month of the season isn’t unheard of, but it doesn’t make it any easier for manager Daren Brown or his players.
In fact, the break will be quite intrusive.
“You can’t do anything about it,” Brown said. “Obviously, we haven’t been able to do a whole lot out on the field.”
The Rainiers hitters have been able to get some work done in the covered batting cages at Cheney Stadium, while there’s been just enough of a break between the rain showers for the pitchers to throw bullpen sessions and get some other throwing done.
But the days off will force Brown to modify his starting rotation .
“We’ll have to do some re-adjusting,” Brown said. “We don’t like for anybody to sit for 10 or 11 days, but there might not be any way around it.”
With a snow out in Colorado Springs on Friday and the Cliff Lee’s rehab start Sunday, Brown had hoped to get some of his starters such as Steven Shell and Chris Seddon some relief innings just to keep them throwing.
Shell pitched an inning Sunday, but Seddon never got the chance. Seddon hasn’t pitched since April 21, while David Pauley, who was scheduled to start Monday, hasn’t pitched since April 18.
Brown said he’ll sit down with pitching coach Jaime Navarro to figure out how they will adjust the rotation.
Outfielder Greg Halman was placed on the seven-day disabled list with a strained oblique muscle.
Halman suffered the injury while swinging during Saturday’s game.
“We think it’s kind of minor,” Brown said. “Those injuries are tough. It’s something where we want to make sure he’s completely healed before he starts swinging again.”
Sometimes an oblique muscle strain can be drawn out and take three weeks to a month to recover, but Brown said he doesn’t think it’s that significant.
“We just don’t want it to be a nagging thing,” Brown said. “We’ll take it easy with him for a week or so and see where he’s at after that.”
Halman has played in 13 games and is hitting .188 (9-for-48) with two home runs and six RBI.
While Halman is looking to heal , it appears as though infielder Jack Hannahan is fully recovered from the strained groin he suffered in spring training.
Hannahan said he feels “great” and hasn’t had any trouble with the groin.
He’s played in six games and is hitting .227 (5-for-22) with two homers and seven RBI. Brown said his play defensively at third base has been solid, despite committing three throwing errors.
“There aren’t a whole lot of guys in this league that would have made the catch to start with,” Brown said. “He’s done a nice job defensively.”
Hannahan has played exclusively at third in the field, but Brown said he wants to try him at shortstop and second base.
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