Here are tonight’s lineups:
13 Dustin Ackley (L) 2B
26 Brendan Ryan SS
51 Ichiro Suzuki (L) RF
63 Jesus Montero C
15 Kyle Seager (L) 3B
27 John Jaso (L) DH
17 Justin Smoak (S) 1B
20 Mike Carp (L) LF
55 Michael Saunders (L) CF
25 Kevin Millwood RHP
14 Austin Jackson CF
12 Andy Dirks (L) LF
24 Miguel Cabrera 3B
28 Prince Fielder (L) 1B
21 Delmon Young DH
25 Ryan Raburn 2B
27 Jhonny Peralta SS
26 Brennan Boesch (L) RF
9 Gerald Laird C
35 Justin Verlander RHP
It was a frightening moment on Monday night when Mariners starter Blake Beavan got struck flush on his right elbow by a Miguel Cabrera line drive. But the results weren’t nearly as dire as they could have been. For starters, the ball was deflected to Kyle Seager for a critical inning-ending double play.
“I think that was a big part of the game right there,” Beavan said. “They could have scored a run, or who knows, maybe another run after that. I’m thankful my elbow could get in the way to deflect a Miguel Cabrera single up the middle.”
X-rays taken after the game were negative, and a day later, Beavan is holding out hope of being able to make his next scheduled start on Sunday against the Yankees.
“I’m going to do everything I can to try to get back, but I don’t want to come back if I’m not 100 percent, because that’s not good for the team,” Beavan said. “It’s something you don’t want to rush if it’s serious, but if I can go and I feel 100 percent, I’m going to go. I think with the technology and equipment we have in the training room, that’s going to help a lot. I just have to go day by day and go from there.”
Beavan said that he felt “more tender than anything” on Tuesday. “I have a lot more range of motion. I can get my arm up to my chest. Last night I could barely raise it up without it starting to get tight and hurting. It hasn’t even been 24 hours yet. Hopefully, getting treatment will speed up the process of getting back.”
He said he saw the ball coming, but there wasn’t much he could do.
“I saw it enough to just barely get a turn as I was falling off the mound. But there was nothing, not too much I could have done to move. It was throw and just see out of the corner of your eye and have enough time to just flinch.”
Beavan help up remarkably well for somone smacked by a ball that was likely going more than 100 mph.
“I don’t try to be like a tough guy or anything. But I have a high tolerance, I’d guess you’d say. I grew up playing football. I’ve been hit a lot worse. I can take some pain. I didn’t really feel the pain until I got in the tunnel, and they started feeling around – does this hurt, does that hurt? That’s when it started hurting.”
He said he got hit on his ankle bone during his second year of pro ball.
“Didn’t miss a start on that one, either,” he siad. “I’ll try to do everything I can. Obviously, at this level, I don’t want to do anything to jeopardize my performance, as well as the team’s performance, and not having any regrets out there.”
He hopes to try to throw in the next couple of days. “Right now the plan is to still pitch Sunday,” he said..
Manager Eric Wedge reiterated that Hisashi Iwakuma would be a candidate to replace Beavan if he can’t go. He said they could also bring someone up from Triple-A.
“We’re going to still hold out hope,” he said of Beavan. “He feels a lot better today. He definitely has more flexibility, more movement.”
Wedge said he wasn’t surprised that on John Jaso’s game-winning sacrifice fly on Monday, pinch-runner Munenori Kawasaki initially broke for the plate before retreating to third to tag up. That made it a much closer play.
“I expected that. The contact play was on, so I knew as soon as it was hit he’d be busting it. That’s why as soon as it was hit, I was screaming, like everyone else was, to get back. Which he did. It was funny as hell when I watched it on the tape. He went back and pushed off and went the other way. The kid in right (Ryan Raburn) got off a good throw. He made a heck of a hook slide. You don’t see that much anymore. That’s a heck of a way to win a big-league ball game, I’ll tell you that much.”