Delabar gets extended stay in Kansas City

Delabar gets extended stay in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY -- Reliever Steve Delabar is getting used to being sent up and down this season by the Mariners, but even he wasn't quite ready for his quick return on Wednesday.

Delabar hadn't even left Kansas City after being optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Tuesday to create a roster opening for starter Blake Beavan, when Delabar received word to not catch his scheduled flight out on Wednesday morning.

By the afternoon, Delabar was back with the Mariners after fellow reliever Charlie Furbush was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained triceps muscle.

"It was a strange 24 hours," said Delabar, who has been optioned to Tacoma three times this season. "The good thing was my parents had flown in [from Kentucky] and I got to spend the whole day with them. It was my birthday. So it was kind of bittersweet that they made the move like that, but I did get to spend quality time with them and it was a good day."

Delabar, who was out of baseball before last season and teaching at a school in Kentucky, has a pretty good perspective on things. He'd obviously like to find a permanent spot with the Mariners, but as a player with options he can be sent up and down without risking a waiver claim this season.

Delabar also has used his time in the Minors to work on improving his slider, knowing he needs another out pitch to go along with his 96-mph fastball. But there wasn't time to work on anything on this demotion, given it lasted less than 24 hours.

"It's a crazy business, but this is what we love to do," he said. "We know how it works and we make the most of it."

Players who are optioned to the Minors normally can't be recalled for 10 days, unless there is an injury that creates an opening.