Flurry of pitching moves Friday … and here’s why

Looking to bolster their bullpen after a rough series against the Red Sox, the Mariners recalled relievers Bobby LaFromboise and Hector Noesi from Triple-A Tacoma on Friday.

Erasmo Ramirez, who made his first start for Seattle in Thursday’s 8-7 loss, was optioned to Class-A Everett and long reliever Blake Beavan was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma.

With the All-Star break coming next week, Ramirez would have had to sit for 12 days before making his next scheduled start if he’d stayed as the fifth man in the rotation. This move allows Ramirez to pitch on his normal rest next week, then be recalled in time to make his next start for the Mariners.

Tacoma is on its own All-Star break next week, but Ramirez can stay on rotation with Everett.

Beavan will be moved back into the starting rotation for Tacoma, which could give the Mariners another option down the road.

Players who are optioned to the Minors must stay down for a minimum of 10 days unless a player goes on the disabled list on the 25-man Major League roster to create an opening for their return.

LaFromboise and Noesi will be available out of the bullpen for Friday night’s series opener against the Angels at Safeco Field. Seattle’s relievers pitched 15 1/13 innings over the previous three games against Boston.

LaFromboise, 26, appeared in three games with Seattle earlier this season and allowed two runs in 2 1/3 innings. He was 4-0 with a 3.86 ERA in 29 games with Tacoma.

Noesi, 26, will be in his third stint with the Mariners this season. He’s gone 0-1 with a 4.74 ERA in 19 innings in seven games and can be used as a long reliever.

Beavan, 24, was 0-2 with a 6.13 ERA in 12 games with Seattle. This will be his second time joining Tacoma this season.

Ramirez, 23, gave up six hits and seven runs in 4 1/3 innings in his first Major League start of the season Thursday after missing the first three months of the year with an elbow injury.


Do you think Noesi or LaFromboise will be moved into the starter role? I could actually see Charlie Furbush as a starter. I’m guessing that Noesi will slide in to the starter role, and I’m venturing out to guess that the management is keeping quiet again on who the next starter will be.

Beavan basically becomes Bonderman since there are no viable starter ready to step in should something happen to the current rotation (trade or injury). I really hope Paxton puts on a string of good starts and that Hultzen gets healthy before we have to rely on Beavan starting again.

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