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More rest than needed

By sstorm Published: May 14, 2008

The Aeros haven't played a ballgame in four days now. Well, four days and counting.

After being rained out at home Sunday and enjoying a scheduled off day Monday, the team headed for Altoona (Pittsburgh Pirates) Tuesday morning well rested and ready to get back at it.

But the Aeros have been there now two days and still have yet to play an inning.

This wouldn't be odd given the time of the year, except for the fact that it's not weather keeping the action from happening.

Although it hasn't rained in Altoona since the team has been in town, it rained over the weekend before they got there. And appearantly for some odd reason, the field was not covered with its tarp - which is why it has been deemed unplayable the last two days.

So, the Aeros continue to sit in their hotel rooms searching for ways to entertain themselves. In the meantime, a 10:35 a.m. double header is scheduled for Thursday - on get-a-way day, no less.

In addition to leaving the guys a little grumpy, all the time off is wreaking havoc on the team's starting pitching staff. A day off here and there is usually a welcome surprise. But four consecutive days off is a nightmare for a young staff that was just starting to get some things figured after thier first month of exposure to Double-A hitting.

The pitchers are so backed up in the rotation now, PR man extraordinaire Rob Sinclair doesn't have the foggiest idea who to even list for starting probables - because at this point, it's anyone's guess.

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