Several roster moves over the last week resulted in a handful of Aeros pitchers coming and going while the team was on its recent Northern Division road trip to New Hampshire and Portland.
The good news is that team didn't miss a beat, going 5-1 and capping the six-game road trip with a series sweep of the Sea Dogs to catapult into second place in the Eastern Division, just two games behind division-leader Bowie.
The bad news is that ace starter David Huff and top reliever Jeff Stevens are gone, both having been promoted to Triple-A Buffalo.
The left-handed Huff, who led the Eastern League with a 1.92 ERA, went 5-1 in 11 games (10 starts) for the Aeros. Stevens, a power right-handed set-up man, went 5-1 with a 2.51 ERA and owned a save and team-leading five holds in 17 appearances.
However, rejoining the Aeros after brief stints away are right-handed relievers J.D. Martin and T.J. Burton. Martin made one two-inning appearance in Buffalo June 4, while Burton worked out with the Bisons, but was not active while working on changing his arm slot.
Meanwhile, left-handers Reid Santos and Scott Lewis also joined the team. Santos came via Buffalo, looking to regain the form that made him an Aeros All-Star last season. Lewis took the spot of Huff in the rotation - his first live action of the season - after starting the season at extended spring training rehabbing a strained left lat he injured near the end of spring camp.