SEATTLE — Blake Beavan will get at least one more chance to show the Seattle Mariners that he is a major league pitcher when he is recalled from AAA Tacoma early next week to start Tuesday’s game in Texas.
Because the team is entering a stretch of 13 games in 13 days, a 4-man rotation would no longer suffice and with James Paxton being placed on the 15-day disabled list, Wednesday, it wasn’t as simple as turning to the recently acquired Chris Young. That left two options: 1) recalling the 21-year-old top prospect Taijuan Walker who has made two rehab starts in the minors since being placed on the disabled list prior to the start of the season when he was slowed during the spring with bursitis in his right shoulder or 2) recalling the veteran Beavan from AAA Tacoma.
The Mariners’ brass decided the safer, more controlled route, was the best option.
“We’re going to recall Beavan to pitch Tuesday,” Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon said. “Beavan’s throwing well. His last outing was pretty darn good.”
Walker will continue to progress after throwing 84 pitches in five innings at AA Jackson, Wednesday. Next up for Walker will be a rehab start with Tacoma early next week (probably Monday or Tuesday).
“He needs to continue to get stronger, continue to command all of his pitches,” McClendon said. “And he’s progressing well, we’re very pleased with where he is at this point. We just need to get that pitch count up and that pitchability up a bit more.”
McClendon Hoping To Get 5-6 Innings From Young, Sunday
Meanwhile Young is slated to start Sunday’s game against the Athletics.
McClendon noted that he was really pleased with his two inning effort out of the bullpen last week in Oakland and hopes to get 5-6 innings from the pitcher in his start Sunday.
“I think this guy is throwing better than before he got hurt,” McClendon said. “I was really impressed with the outing he had out of the bullpen out in Oakland.
“I’m anxious to see his start tomorrow. I got a feeling it’s going to be a good start, he’s a tactician if you will…Obviously his pitch count is not up, but if he can give us five, six (innings) I’d be happy. I’d be ecstatic, really, if he can get us into the sixth inning.”
Young will be on a pitch count of 80-90 pitches.