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Blake Beavan, who lost his job in the Mariners' rotation after two starts, will go back to a starting role with Tacoma. Beavan was optioned to...
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Blake Beavan, who lost his job in the Mariners' rotation after two starts, will go back to a starting role with Tacoma. Beavan was optioned to the Class AAA club on Wednesday, with the ballclub recalling left-handed reliever Lucas Luetge.
"He's worked so hard on getting his secondary stuff better and more consistent, with better action. Now we want him to put that together with his fastball," manager Eric Wedge said of Beavan.
Beavan had an 8.27 earned-run average — 8.44 in his two starts, and 8.10 in five relief appearances.
Hector Noesi is now the lone long man in the bullpen, but with their rugged stretch of games ending — the M's played for the 30th time in 31 days on Wednesday — there is no longer a pressing need for two long men. The Mariners have four off days (or travel days) over the next 12 days, beginning Thursday, when they fly to Toronto.
Luetge was sent down on April 15, right before the team was to embark on a road trip to Arlington and Houston. He lives near Houston.
"That was one of the tougher parts of it, just because we were going to Houston," he said.
Another tough part of the demotion was that Tacoma was on the road, so the Mariners told Luetge to just chill at his Seattle apartment for two days until they got back.
"Not being on a team and sitting in my apartment all day was kind of tough," he said. "But you can't really dwell on it. It is what it is. The worst thing you can do is go down there and be bitter. I took it for what it was. I got to meet all the guys down there. We had a good time. I didn't go through the minor leagues with this system, so it was nice to go down and meet a lot of people."
But the nicest part was getting the call Wednesday morning from Tacoma manager Daren Brown that he was coming back up.
"I had to go down there and get my stuff, but that's probably the best drive I've made down there," he said.
Luetge had a 2.45 ERA in eight appearances with Tacoma.
• The Mariners have decided that Hisashi Iwakuma's next start will come Saturday in Toronto. Iwakuma had been tentatively scheduled to be pushed back to Sunday to give his blister an extra day to heal.