Beavan is back; Delabar sent down

As expected, the Mariners activated right-hander Blake Beavan on Tuesday afternoon, in time to start tonight’s game against the Royals, and reliever Steve Delabar was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma to make room on the 25-man roster.

Beavan, 23, has gone 4-0 with a 2.61 ERA in Triple-A Tacoma since being sent down a month ago. The Mariners need to fill the rotation spot of rookie Erasmo Ramirez, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right elbow.

Beavan opened the season with the Mariners and went 3-6 with a 5.92 ERA in 12 starts. He was 5-6 with a 4.27 ERA in half a season with Seattle last year as a rookie.

The 6-foot-7 Texan beat Kansas City in his only appearance against the Royals last Sept. 9, allowing nine hits and three runs in 6 1/3 innings in a 7-3 victory at Safeco Field.

In his last Triple-A start, Beavan threw seven shutout innings with just two hits against Colorado Springs last Friday.

Delabar, 28, has been back and forth between Tacoma and Seattle three times already this season. He’s compiled a 2-1 record and 4.18 ERA in 32 1/3 innings over 30 games for the Mariners.

Josh Kinney would have been the other logical reliever to have been sent down, but Delabar has options remaining, while Kinney would be exposed to waivers if he were optioned back to Tacoma.

Ramirez is working out with the team on its current road trip and the club hopes he’s ready to go out on a Minor League rehab assignment sometime in the coming week. So it appears Beavan will get several starts to show what kind of progress he might have made in Tacoma.

If he pitches well, then the Mariners will have a decision to make once Ramirez is healthy. Hisashi Iwakuma is also in the rotation now, so it would appear there eventually will be a three-man competition between Ramirez, Iwakuma and Beavan for the final two spots in the rotation if everyone remains healthy and no deals are made in the coming days.

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