The Mariners made a roster move today optioning right-hander Blake Beavan to Triple A Tacoma and recalling left-hander Lucas Luetge from the Rainiers.
Luetge is here and will be in uniform tonight.
Luetge, 26, has been with the Rainiers since being optioned to the minors on April 10. In eight relief appearances with Tacoma he posted a 2.45 ERA (3 ER, 11.0 IP) and held opponents to a .184 batting average (7x38). He was on the Mariners Opening Day roster and appeared in four games (0-0, 8.31 ERA) before being optioned to Tacoma.
Beavan, 24, is 0-1 with an 8.27 ERA (19 ER, 20.2 IP) in seven appearances (2 starts) with the Mariners this season. In five relief appearances he had a 8.10 ERA (9 ER, 10.0 IP). The right-hander allowed 6 hits and 3 runs in 2.1 innings of relief last night vs. the Orioles.
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Beavan is being sent to Tacoma so he can get stretched back out as a starter, which was a logical move. He told as much to Jason Churchill of Prospect Insider. With the struggles of Aaron Harang and the inconsistency of Brandon Maurer, having Beavan available as a starter if needed could prove some value. With the injury to Danny Hultzen and Hector Noesi now pitching well in the Mariners bullpen, Seattle doesn't have a spot starter on the 40-man roster to call on if needed. The closest would be former reliever Chance Ruffin, who is trying to remake himself into a starter at Double A Jackson.
If the Mariners were willing to remove a player from the 40-man roster to call up a pitcher, Jeremy Bonderman and Andrew Carraway are capable candidates. That is possible as well. If he has yet another bad start, the Mariners may decide that this Harang experiment isn't working and just decide to designate him for assignment and be able to call up Bonderman instead.