Beavan's next start pushed back to Tuesday

Beavan's next start pushed back to Tuesday

Beavan's next start pushed back to Tuesday
NEW YORK -- Mariners right-hander Blake Beavan's next start has been pushed back two days to Tuesday in Boston because of a bruised elbow from a hard line drive off the bat of the Tigers' Miguel Cabrera on Monday.

Kevin Millwood will move up a day and pitch against the Yankees in Beavan's normal spot on Sunday, with Jason Vargas also bumped up a day to face Boston on Monday at Fenway Park. Both veteran starters will remain on their normal four days of rest, since the Mariners had a day off on Thursday when they traveled to New York.

"Blake's feeling pretty good, so we'll probably have him throw a light [bullpen session] on Sunday and he'll be good to go on Tuesday," said manager Eric Wedge. "It's good news, all things considered. We lucked out with that off-day. We haven't had many off-days, but that came at a good time, so we can bring those other two guys back and be ready to go."

Beavan played some light catch before Friday night's series opener against the Yankees, the first time he's thrown since Cabrera's bolt knocked him out in the third inning of Monday's game.

"I've been wanting to throw for a couple days now, but it's smart to just let me get some rest," he said. "You don't want to push it and then wish you'd waited another day or two."

Beavan has never pitched in Yankee Stadium, but he noted he'll have more opportunities down the road. The Mariners return to New York for three games in August. More important at this point is getting his elbow to full strength before his next start.

His range of motion has returned fully, and he figures he's ready to go as soon as he gets the go-ahead from the trainers.

"I think anybody would tell you they're ready to pitch when it's their day," Beavan said. "But the ultimate decision isn't up to me. I'll just tell them how I feel, and they'll tell me when it's my time to pitch again.

"It's still tender when you feel it, since it was right on the bone. But it's definitely 150 million times better than it felt three days ago."

Beavan, 23, is 1-3 with a 4.32 ERA in six starts in his first full season in the Majors.