The Mariners were convinced enough about Aaron Harang's arm strength Friday that they will let him start Tuesday against the Detroit Tigers at Safeco Field. Blake Beavan will be relegated to bullpen duty
Aaron Harang is glad he spent his week in baseball limbo keeping his arm in shape by throwing at his college alma mater.
That’s because the Mariners were convinced enough about Harang’s arm strength Friday that they will let him start Tuesday against the Detroit Tigers at Safeco Field.
Blake Beavan will be relegated to bullpen duty after the Mariners saw him hit hard in his first two starts of the season.
Harang, 34, was acquired from the Colorado Rockies on Thursday for minor-league pitcher Steven Hensley and cash.
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The deal came less than a week after the Rockies designated him for assignment immediately upon landing him in a trade with the Dodgers.
“He’s a veteran guy,” Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. “He knows what he needs to do to go out there and be successful. He has a great feel for himself. He’s had a tremendous amount of success at the big-league level. He had 31 starts last year and he had a pretty good year.”
Harang had been working out at San Diego State, where he once teamed with current Mariners bullpen coach Jason Phillips. He threw a simulated game there last Sunday as well as a prior bullpen session. He has not started a game since the end of spring training with the Dodgers.
Upon arriving at Safeco Field on Friday, Harang threw a bullpen session of about 40 pitches for the Mariners so they could gauge where his arm was at.
Harang said he’s glad to merely be on a team again.
“It was a little nerve-wracking, biting your nails a little bit,” said Harang, who went 10-10 with a 3.61 earned-run average for the Dodgers last season.
Morse feels better
Injured Mariners slugger Michael Morse, who leads the team with six home runs, said his fractured pinkie finger was feeling better after being hit with a pitch Thursday night.
Morse said he hopes to start swinging a bat again within a few days.
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