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Category: rotation
July 12, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Ramirez, Beavan to minors, Lafromboise and Noesi join Mariners

Erasmo Ramirez has been sent to Class A Everett so he can keep on his regular mound routine during the All-Star Break. Photo Credit: AP

Erasmo Ramirez has been sent to Class A Everett so he can keep on his regular mound routine during the All-Star Break. Photo Credit: AP

The Mariners made some moves today designed to safeguard their bullpen depth and protect Erasmo Ramirez ahead of the All-Star Break. Ramirez is off to Class A Everett so he can continue to pitch on his regular turn during the All-Star Break. Blake Beavan is to join the Class AAA starting rotation for Tacoma.

Coming up to the Mariners from AAA are Bobby Lafromboise and Hector Noesi.

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Comments | More in rotation | Topics: erasmo ramirez; blake beavan; bobby lafromboise; hector noesi

July 8, 2013 at 5:17 PM

Erasmo Ramirez appears to be getting call from Mariners

The Mariners open a four-game series tonight against the Boston Red Sox at Safeco Field.

The Mariners open a four-game series tonight against the Boston Red Sox at Safeco Field.

Erasmo Ramirez last pitched on Friday in Class AAA and would have an extra day’s rest if he’s to go on Thursday afternoon for the Mariners. And that’s exactly what the team appears to have in mind when it comes to replacing Jeremy Bonderman in the rotation.

Mariners manager Eric Wedge said this afternoon that a AAA pitcher would be replacing Bonderman.

“We’re going to need another starter for Thursday, so we’ll be pulling somebody up for that,” Wedge said.

When asked whether he’d already decided on who is coming, Wedge said: “We know who it’s going to be. Nothing I can release right now, but we’ll have to make that move obviously y Thursday.”

There aren’t a whole lot of options in AAA. As mentioned earlier, Taijuan Walker pitched last night and would not be able to take another turn on normal rest until Friday. Danny Hultzen got hurt in late June and hasn’t pitched in a game since. James Paxton is pitching for AAA Tacoma tonight, so he’s out. Hector Noesi has worked five innings only once the past month and lately has thrown around three frames per outing in relief.

As for internal options, Blake Beavan has been stretched out enough. But he hasn’t pitched in eight days and you probably don’t want to risk starting a guy on that much extra rest if there’s a AAA option available.

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Comments | More in rotation | Topics: erasmo ramirez; jeremy bonderman; eric wedge; lucas luetge

May 21, 2013 at 11:52 PM

Mariners need to help themselves out this time

Aaron Harang gives up his second of seven extra-base hits allowed in just 3 2/3 innings, a two-run homer by Josh Hamilton in the first inning. Photo Credit: AP

Aaron Harang gives up his second of seven extra-base hits allowed in just 3 2/3 innings, a two-run homer by Josh Hamilton in the first inning. Photo Credit: AP

Sometimes, as in what happened this past weekend in Cleveland, there isn’t much a coaching staff or front office can do. Players are the ones who play and when they lose games because of walkoff home runs, or dropped balls, or whatever, that falls under the guise of on-field stuff and we all know that stuff happens.

But sometimes, there are things a team can do to help. The back end of this Mariners starting rotation has been a shaky loose link for most of the season with a few points of stability. Tonight wasn’t one of those stable moments. The Mariners lost 12-0 and were down 7-0 by the fourth inning when starting pitcher Aaron Harang gave an extra-base hit clinic — and not from the side you want to be giving one of those.

Nope, he was on the mound, unfortunately. By the time that inning was done, he’d given up a home run, two triples and two doubles — in the same inning.

That’s not the kind of pitching a winning team needs. The Mariners, unfortunately, need better than that every five days. They need it because the bullpen is going to get torched otherwise before the season is even halfway over and this clu’s shot at a winning record will go out the window as well if it keeps punting games at one or more rotation slots.

Thursday is an off-day, so the front office will no longer have the continuity of games as an excuse for inaction.

They can make a switch and bring back Hector Noesi, or promote Jeremy Bonderman. Neither option is really all that thrilling. But neither is the prospect of watching any more of this.

At this stage, Bonderman makes sense because a DFA of Harang would free up the 40-man roster spot needed to add Bonderman to the roster. The Mariners have to make a call on Bonderman by June 1, or he can become a free agent if not added to the big league club.

Noesi isn’t going anywhere. He got hit hard in AAA tonight and can still be added at any time without 40-man roster worries.

“We’ll have to talk about that,’’ Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. “You can’t keep putting this kind of heat on the bullpen. You want to give everybody ample opportunity, but having said that, you can’t keep doing what we’re doing and expect to compete.’’

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Comments | More in rotation | Topics: aaron harang; eric wedge; jack zduriencik; jeremy bonderman

March 27, 2013 at 12:02 PM

Brandon Maurer, Blake Beavan added to Mariners rotation

Brandon Maurer spoke moments ago about calling his parents to deliver news he's made Mariners rotation out of Class AA ball.

Brandon Maurer spoke moments ago about calling his parents to deliver news he’s made Mariners rotation out of Class AA ball.

Players have been meeting this morning with Mariners manager Eric Wedge and pitching coach Carl Willis and it’s now official that Class AA prospect Brandon Maurer has made the team as the No. 4 starter.

Blake Beavan will be the fifth starter when the season opens. The reason for slotting Maurer fourth? Likely to spare him having to debut in Chicago against a slugging White Sox team at the bandbox known as U.S. Cellular Field.

Erasmo Ramirez threw a minor league game today, had trouble getting his breaking ball over and, as reported yesterday, was optioned to Class AAA after the outing. Jeremy Bonderman was reassigned to minor league camp after getting lit-up midway through yesterday’s Cactus League outing against the Royals.

Maurer’s first move upon being told the news was to leave the clubhouse and call his parents in Newport Beach, Calif.

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Comments | More in rotation | Topics: brandon maurer; blake beavan; erasmo ramirez; jeremy bonderman


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