The 2014 season debut for Taijuan Walker will be soon, but not as soon as many would hope. That being said, the Seattle Mariners have an eager young man about to be called up to join the rotation.
Blake Beavan will be called up from Triple-A Tacoma, most likely on Monday, to make his first start of the 2014 season. According to multiple reports, the Mariners will swap Beavan, most likely for a reliever. Though the way Erasmo Ramirez is pitching, they may swap him out.
With James Paxton going to the disabled list, the Mariners were short a starting pitcher. Chris Young will get the start Sunday, which would have been Paxton’s next start. But it leaves a hole in the rotation on Tuesday in Texas against the Rangers. That’s where Beavan comes in.
He was the most likely choice given his first two games in Tacoma, Beavan is 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA with eight strikeouts. In the majors, Beavan has a career record of 16-19 and a 4.61 ERA in 53 games.
As for Walker, he will make at least one more rehab start, this time in Tacoma, as he continues to prepare to join the rotation. With any luck, Beavan will take care of business well enough so that the organization has the option of giving Walker a 2nd start in Tacoma to make sure he is ready.
More news on the subsequent roster move as well as any info on the player to be named in the Hector Noesi trade as it becomes available.