Charlie Furbush goes on DL, Steve Delabar recalled | Mariners Notebook
Left-handed reliever Charlie Furbush was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained triceps and replaced on the roster by Steve Delabar.
Seattle Times staff reporter
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Mariners reliever Charlie Furbush couldn't get through an indoor pitching session Wednesday without feeling the same twinge in his left arm that forced him from Tuesday's game, and was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained triceps.
Furbush felt the twinge at the end of a long-toss session.
"Everything felt fine, and then I tried to amp it up and there it was, I felt it again," Furbush said. "So I'll get it checked out and hopefully be back in two weeks."
Steve Delabar was recalled by the team fewer than 24 hours after being sent to AAA Tacoma to make room on the roster for pitcher Blake Beavan.
Furbush had Tommy John ligament-transplant surgery in 2008. He doesn't want to take any chances with the arm. He'll fly to Seattle for examination.
For Delabar, the roster moves saved him a potentially arduous series of cross-country trips. Delabar's wife and parents were in town to celebrate his 29th birthday when he learned he'd been demoted to AAA.
He had a flight scheduled to leave Kansas City, but the Mariners told him he could wait, spend the day with his family and fly out Wednesday afternoon to join the Rainiers.
"They just decided to give me the day off here," he said. "It's not every day you get to spend time with your family, so it was good time spent."
When Furbush got hurt and left Tuesday night's game, the Mariners phoned Delabar and told him to hold off on the flight for a bit.
Later, they told him to come to the ballpark, where he tossed 1-2/3 scoreless innings Wednesday against the Royals. According to MLB rules, since Delabar had yet to report to Tacoma, he doesn't have to wait the mandatory 10 days before being reinstated by the Mariners after a demotion.
The news got even better for Delabar. His wife had planned to accompany him to Tampa, Fla., for the team's weekend series against the Rays. A group of teachers they worked with in Elizabethtown, Ky., were also going to Florida for a separate event and had planned to meet the couple there. Tuesday, those plans appeared to be dashed. Wednesday, they were back on again.
The Mariners have scored the most runs in the majors on the road and the fewest at home.
Their road total (245) is inflated a bit by the fact that they've played more games than several teams, but Seattle's runs-per-game average on the road is still third-highest at 5.0. They trail only the Yankees (5.05) and Mets (5.02). The Mariners' home average of 2.86 is by far the worst in baseball.