A red-eye flight is a little more tolerable when you are headed back to the big leagues.
BOSTON — A red-eye flight is a little more tolerable when you are headed back to the big leagues.
Danny Farquhar left Sea-Tac at 11:30 p.m. on Friday night and arrived in Boston midmorning, going straight to Fenway Park.
“I slept a little on plane,” he said. “And I had a nice walk around the Detroit airport. It’s a pretty nice airport.”
Farquhar was recalled from Class AAA Tacoma and replaced Mayckol Guaipe, who was optioned back to the Rainiers after Friday night’s 15-1 trouncing.
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Guaipe’s combination of a straight fastball and a flat slider simply wasn’t cutting it at the big-league level. In five appearances since being recalled, he had posted a 7.84 earned-run average and opponents were hitting .385 against him.
The frustration for the Mariners’ coaching staff is that Guaipe wasn’t this pitcher early in the season with the Rainiers and even in spring training. Guaipe had been throwing a heavy two-seam fastball that had better-than-average sink, while his slider had some depth. Now everything is on one plane and the hitter’s eye level never changes. It’s not a good combination for a two-pitch pitcher.
Farquhar has struggled at the big-league level and was only marginally better for the Rainiers. But he has pitched well in his past 10 games for Tacoma, posting a 2.12 ERA and two saves with 13 strikeouts in 122/3 innings.
“I feel good,” he said. “I just want to keep pitching like that. My cutter is where I want it. My fastball is where I want it. Curveball is where I want it. Actually, I haven’t thrown as many changeups as I would like, but that’s my fourth-best pitch anyway. My first three are there.”
At the big-league level this season, Farquhar has a 6.23 ERA in 25 appearances.
“He just pitched bad,” McClendon said.
So what went wrong?
“It’s kind of been a little bit of everything,” Farquhar said. “It’s been a little bit of bad luck, and a lot of it is bad pitches, getting put in those extended situations — those are always tough. It’s been a weird season.”
A plan for Paxton
James Paxton threw a 45-pitch bullpen session before Friday’s game. The big left-hander threw all of his pitches and at about 90 percent effort.
“I threw everything and there’s no pain at all,” Paxton said. “I bounced back really well. There was a little more intensity.”
His recovery from a strained middle finger tendon will take a bigger step. Paxton is scheduled to throw a simulated game Tuesday in Texas. It could be two or three innings.
If all goes well, he could go on a rehab assignment after that. Paxton would likely need two or three rehab starts before returning to the rotation.
“He’s been throwing for quite a while, so his arm is in great shape,” McClendon said.
That projects to a mid-September return, which will be important with Taijuan Walker and Mike Montgomery likely shut down because of innings limits about that time.
Paxton is just happy to be pain-free and progressing.
“It’s been responding very well,” Paxton said of his recent throwing sessions. “There’s been no lingering tightness or soreness, so it’s all been great. I made the first step of making a road trip and getting a bullpen, so hopefully the sim game goes well and I can move on from there.”
He went on the disabled list May 29 and has missed 69 games.
• Kyle Seager can’t understand why he’s struggling to drive in runs with men on base. Coming into Saturday’s game, Seager was hitting .172 (17 for 99) with a .593 OPS with runners in scoring position. Last season, he hit .301 with an .835 OPS.
“I think it’s just one of those things,” he said. “I don’t try to do too much more. I try to stay with the plan for the most part. Stay on the normal approach. It hasn’t been going my way as often as I would like.”
• Charlie Furbush threw a bullpen session pregame. It was supposed to be his last session before going out on a rehab. But there was more grabbing in his bicep when he extended on throws. He will fly back to Seattle to be re-examined by doctors.