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Canberra Cavalry and Brisbane Bandits games to be rescheduled after washout

Gun hitter Christian Lopes' last action with the Canberra Cavalry may have been watching the rain wash out the double header against the Brisbane Bandits at the Narrabundah Ballpark on Sunday.

The two games will now only be played if they are likely to have a bearing on the final standings of the Australian Baseball League and, given they're third and fourth respectively with the same win-loss record of 18-18, that's a distinct possibility.

Sunday's game was cancelled due to wet weather at Narrabundah Ballpark.
Sunday's game was cancelled due to wet weather at Narrabundah Ballpark. Photo: Matt Bedford

It looks most likely the two games will be played after the final home-and-away round, which finishes up on January 25.

The Cavalry now host second-placed Perth Heat, starting Thursday, before travelling to Sydney to play the fifth-placed Blue Sox.

"If we're on level pegging at the end of the season, it will have to be rescheduled, but if either side is clear of the other it won't," Cavalry chief executive Donn McMichael said.

"It will be at the end of the Blue Sox series and [the ABL] will have to have contingencies in place."

One option is the two games are played in Sydney as the Bandits return from a series in Perth - an option Canberra would oppose.

Regardless of what happens, they'll be without Lopes.

The infielder has a grade 2 hamstring strain, which puts him out for four to six weeks and the rest of the ABL season.

It's likely the Toronto Blue Jays will recall him to do his rehabilitation in the USA, possibly as early as Monday, to ensure he's fit for spring training.

The 22-year-old's absence is a huge blow to the Cavs.

Lopes' batting average (.371) is the second best in the ABL and he's a major reason Canberra has a chance of making the finals.

Shortstop Marcus Lemon, who played the level below Major League Baseball for the Detroit Tigers, will now assume greater responsibility.

McMichael said the Cavs wouldn't look for a replacement.

"We're happy with the roster we've got and we can cover [Lopes] at this stage with what we've got," he said.

The Cavs are hoping first-base LB Dantzler (hip/back) will be available to play Perth and outfielder Alex Hudak (shoulder) is seeing a doctor on Monday and hopes to return soon as well.