Some news and notes you might have missed from the Mariners’ 2-0 loss to the Angels on Wednesday at Safeco Field.
***The decision to recall lefty reliever Lucas Luetge after placing James Paxton on the disabled list (for a strained back muscle) means the Mariners must make another roster move by early next week because they currently only have four starting pitchers.
The top candidates are Taijuan Walker and Blake Beavan — and club officials appear split on the choice. Walker struck out 10 in five scoreless innings Wednesday in a rehab start at Double-A Jackson in his ongoing recovery from shoulder soreness.
And he believes he’s ready.
“The biggest thing was to be out there on the mound and feeling healthy,” he said. “I had all of my pitches working for me, and I was very pleased with the outcome.”
Beavan gave up 2 runs (on a 2-run homer) in six innings Wednesday for Triple-A Tacoma. He got a no-decision in the Rainiers’ 4-3 victory over El Paso in 10 innings.
The decision is likely to hinge on whether club officials believe Walker needs one more rehab start.
***Hisashi Iwakuma appears to be fast-tracking his way back to the rotation, too. He threw 34 pitches Wednesday in his first workout from a mound since being diagnosed in early February with a strained ligament in his right middle finger.
Plans call for Iwakuma to make throw another bullpen workout on Saturday, which could position him for a rehab start as soon as the middle of next week. Thereafter, it’s just a matter of building his endurance to roughly 90 pitches.
“I’m taking it one day at a time,” he said. “It’s up to the trainers, and what they see; the pitching coaches, and what they see. Hopefully, from my standpoint, it will be soon, but I leave that up to them.”
***The Mariners were one-hit for the 18th time in their history Wednesday by Angels starter Garrett Richards, Joe Smith and Ernesto Frieri but avoided the fourth no-hitter in their history. The last time the Mariners managed just one hit was July 20, 2013 at Houston…AND THEY WON 4-2.
***About that victory over the Astros, the Mariners beat ex-patriate Erik Bedard. They scored twice in the sixth on a couple of walks, a couple of passed balls and a sacrifice fly. Their only hit came in the seventh. It was a two-run double by Michael Saunders against Jose Cisnero after Bedard exited following a one-out walk. Iwakuma got the victory after limiting the Astros to two runs and seven hits in seven innings. Charlie Furbush and Tom Wilhelmsen finished up.
***The only hit Wednesday against Angels starter Richards was Abraham Almonte’s broken-bat single in the third inning. It was a looper that fell in short right field. Not well hit but clean.
***Richards now has a streak of 14 1/3 scoreless innings at Safeco, and he has a 2.39 career ERA in Seattle. He pitched 7 1/3 scoreless innings last Aug. 23 in a 2-0 victory over Felix Hernandez..
***This was the fourth time the Mariners managed only one hit in a loss to the Angels, but this was the first time in Seattle. The other occasions in Anaheim were April 15, 1977 (single by Bob Stinson in a 7-0 loss), Aug 10, 1988 (homer by Alvin Davis in a 2-1 loss) and Sept. 7, 2011 (single by Trayvon Robinson in a 3-1 loss).