Harang to start Tuesday, Beavan to bullpen
The Mariners wasted little time moving newly acquired veteran Aaron Harang into the rotation, with Eric Wedge announcing the right-hander will start Tuesday against the Tigers at Safeco Field.
The move was made shortly after Wedge and pitching coach Carl Willis watched Harang throw a 40-pitch bullpen session. Harang was acquired from the Rockies in a trade Thursday.
Blake Beavan will move into the bullpen in a long relief role, with Harang taking his spot.
“He was up to over 100 pitches in Spring Training and threw a simulated game the other day,” said Wedge. “He feels good and looked good today. So Carl spent some time talking to him as well as myself and we felt that was the right thing for him to do.
“Moving Beavan to the bullpen gives us some length in the bullpen as well. So hopefully it’s a win-win siutaiton for us.”
Beavan won 11 games last year for the Mariners, but has struggled in two starts this season.
“He’s still a young pitcher figuring it out,” said Wedge. “He needs to continue to improve. Sometimes when you move somebody to the bullpen it’s a different look and feel. Maybe that helps him along the way, too.”
“Winning 11 games lat year is no small feat for any pitcher, especially on a team that won as many teams as we won. So having an opportunity to have a different look at him helps us. And it makes us feel a little more comfortable having somebody down there that can give us some length.”
Rookie Brandon Maurer, who lasted just 2/3 of an inning in his last start and is lugging an early 16.20 ERA, will remain in the rotation for now.
“I like his arsenal of pitches and his stuff,” Wedge said. “He’s a young guy just getting his feet wet and I believe you’ve got to give him a little bit of time. Blake is a little further along experience-wise, but you have to like the stuff of Maurer. And each time he goes out there, you’ll see him continue to figure things out and improve. You’ve got to stick with guys.”
Harang, an 11-year veteran with a career record of 105-104 and a 4.19 ERA, said he was just happy to finally know where he’ll be playing after getting dealt from the Dodgers to the Rockies and now Seattle in the past week.
“It was just nice to finally have a resolution and be able to repack and ready to go for the season,” he said. “I made my last start that last week in spring and then was trying to throw as much as I could in case I needed to be used in a long situation. So I was able to stay fresh and make sure I was fully ready to go.”