Pirates Get a Second Day to Catch Their Breath After Rainout

After going 20 straight days without a day off, the Pittsburgh Pirates got a second straight day to relax.

Rain washed out the Pirates’ game against the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night.

The game was rescheduled for Thursday night, previously a day off for both teams.

The Pirates could probably use the break. They’re off to a 10-16 start and have lost five straight series.

“We already had a day off Monday, but we played 20 in 20 days before that,” Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said before the rainout. “We control a lot of things, but we don’t control the weather.”

The start of the two-game series was pushed back to today, but rain was in the forecast then, too.

“The only thing about playing a doubleheader on Thursday is that we would have a normal off day where we would have to plug in a pitcher instead,” Hurdle said.

Hurdle made no excuses for Pittsburgh’s lackluster start, and won’t wave it off just because the calendar hasn’t yet hit May.

“When you’re where we are, when you’re not meeting the demands of the game, you are putting yourself at the mercy of the game,” Hurdle said. “I don’t believe in saying ‘It’s still early.’ I can say it’s early until it’s not early anymore, but the truth is that April is about to flip.”

The rainout delayed the potential major league debut of right-hander Casey Sadler, who was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis on Sunday.

A starter in the minors, Sadler will be used initially by Pittsburgh in relief.

“I have seen guys get all tense about when they’ll get in,” Sadler said Tuesday afternoon. “Whenever they call my name, I’ll be ready.”