RHP Steve Delabar never did join the Tacoma Rainiers after being optioned to AAA Monday, and it was a good thing for the Seattle Mariners - who brought him back today when LHP Charlie Furbush was placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Furbush, having a career breakout season, came out of the Tuesday game after two pitches when he felt discomfort high on his triceps. After playing long toss today, he took the mound pre-game and through about 10 pitches without pain.
"I decided I'd better amp it up a little and see, and when I threw about 90 per cent, I felt it," Furbush said. "I think I could have pitched through it, because it's more discomfort than pain. But they were afraid I'd over compensate for it and hurt something else.
"So I'm shut down for 15 days and hopefully back right when I'm eligible."
The Mariners hope so, too. Furbush, the 26-year-old acquired in last July's Doug Fister trade, has gone 4-2 with a 2.17 earned run average in 34 appearances this season. He's held opposing batters to a .147 batting average.
Delabar, 28, is 2-1 with a 4.18 ERA in 30 games. He'll be in the bullpen tonight.