The Seattle Mariners reached into their minor league system for a young starting pitcher today, and came up with 23-year-old Blake Beavan, who will face the Kansas City Royals.
The right-hander was 4-0 with 2.61 earned run average in AAA Tacoma, pitching seven shutout innings in his last Pacific Coast League start. To make room for him on the 25-man roster, right-handed reliever Steve Delabar was optioned to the Rainiers.
The move fills out a rotation that now reads this way: Felix Hernandez, Jason Vargas, Hisashi Iwakuma, Kevin Millwood and Beavan. It also trimmed the Seattle bullpen back to seven.
No lineups have been posted yet.
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Beavan, 23, returns to the Majors after making six starts with the Rainiers. He went 4-0 with a 2.61 ERA (11 ER, 38.0 IP), including 7.0 shutout innings in his last start July 13 vs. Colorado Springs (7.0,2,0,0,2,3). In 12 starts with the Mariners this season is 3-6 with a 5.92 ERA (41 ER, 62.1 IP). He was optioned to Tacoma on June 13.
Delabar, 28, has gone 2-1 with a 4.18 ERA (15 ER, 32.1 IP) in 30 appearances over three stints with the Mariners (March 28-May 30, June 13-16, June 29-July 16). He has recorded 44 strikeouts for a 12.25 K/9.0 IP ratio, while also allowing 8 home runs. With Tacoma this season he has gone 0-1 with a 3.75 ERA (5 ER, 12.0 IP) in 9 appearances.