The Seattle Mariners cut seven players - six of them pitchers - this morning, and none of them was Blake Beavan, who then allowed on run in four innings against the Chicago White Sox.
Beavan is competing with Kevin Millwood and Erasmo Ramirez for the fifth spot in Seattle's rotation, and threw and efficient 48 pitches in his four innings, leaving the mound with a 2.35 earned run average.
As for the cuts, outfielder Trayvon Robinson was optioned to the minor leagues, while pitchers Sean Henn, Oliver Perez, Matt Fox, Aaron Heilman, Josh Kinney and Jeff Marquez were re-assigned to minor league camp.
That brought the number of players still in camp to 40 - four days before the Mariners leave for Japan with a crew of 30.
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Beavan survived today's cuts, but will he be with the Mariners when they open the 2012 season?
"I'm doing everything I can, trying to make it hard for them," Beavan said. "I haven't been told if I'll pitch again before the team goes to Japan, so I'll look forward to my next bullpen."
Beavan has pitched 15 1/3 Cactus League innings - most on the team. He has out-pitched his competition, but sometimes in spring training that isn't enough. If the Mariners want to go with a veteran, Millwood is in. If they want to go with the most impressive young pitcher still in camp, it would be Ramirez.
All Beavan has done is pitch consistently, never overpowering hitters but limiting any damage. He's done about all he could have in camp. Now, like the rest of us, Beavan waits for news from above - as in from manager Eric Wedge and pitching coach Carl Willis.
"I was going to go six innings today, but I guess they saw enough in four innings and wanted to get some other guys in the game," Beavan said. "I was pleased today - four innings, I limited the damage to a run."