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.
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.