The rainy day in Western New York meant no baseball at Coca-Cola Field. Sunday afternoon's game between the Buffalo Bisons and Rochester Red Wings was washed out. The teams will make up the game during Rochester’s next trip to Coca-Cola Field, August 10-13, but the date and time of the doubleheader are still to be determined.
It was the first (and now only) postponed game for the Herd in May after four postponed/suspended games in April.
Coke is it: The Bisons added left-handed pitcher Phil Coke to their roster after the Toronto Blue Jays signed him to a minor league contract. The 32-year-old began the year with the Chicago Cubs, making 16 appearances out of the bullpen (6.30 ERA, 10 innings pitched, nine strikeouts). Coke was released by the Cubs on May 27 after being designated for assignment. He debuted with the Yankees in 2008 and has pitched in 399 Major League games over eight big league seasons. He spent five seasons with the Detroit Tigers with his best season coming in 2011 when he threw 108 2/3 innings.
Roster moves: Munenori Kawasaki was recalled from the Bisons after the Toronto Blue Jays put Steve Tolleson on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 27, with a groin strain.
Rehab report: Dioner Navarro has played five games with the Bisons while on his MLB rehabilitation assignment working his way back from a hamstring injury. He has driven in four runs and is batting .286 in those games. Don't read too deeply into rehab numbers, though. As manager Gary Allenson said the other day: "It's hard after a couple of games here. The concentration level with big league rehab guys is not down here what it's going to be like at the top. ... It's not a really good read." Navarro is expected to return to the Blue Jays on Monday.
Devon Travis, who played the first game of Friday's doubleheader as the designated hitter, did not play Saturday after soreness returned to his injured left shoulder. It appears the second baseman will be shut down again and sent to Dunedin for further treatment.
Walk-off wins: Brad Glenn's two-out home run in the ninth inning on Saturday was the first walk-off homer of the season for the Herd. It was their second walk-off win. Sean Ochinko had a two-out, two-run double to cap a four-run ninth for the Herd in a 5-4 win over Lehigh Valley on April 19. This season the Herd are now 2-5 in games involving a walk-off run.
May record: The Herd finished May with an 11-18 record. Thanks to winning their last two games, and Sunday's rainout, the Bisons avoided their worst May since 2004 when the team went 11-19.
Ticket exchange: Fans holding tickets to Sunday’s game can exchange them for a comparable ticket to any future 2015 Bisons game (with the exception of July 3). All ticket exchanges must be made at the Coca-Cola Field Box Office and can be done throughout the remainder of the season.
Up next: The Bisons start a seven-game road trip Monday. They start a three-game series in Indianapolis (7:05 p.m., Radio 1520 AM) then travel to Louisville for four games.