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Nick Patterson | npatterson@heraldnet.com
Published: Tuesday, May 8, 2012, 6:03 p.m.

Mariners P Blake Beavan hopeful he'll make his next start

Mariners pitcher Blake Beavan grew up in Texas, so naturally, the guy played a little football before it became apparent that his future was in baseball. So when a Miguel Cabrera line drive hit him in the elbow Monday, forcing him out of the game, Beavan hardly enjoyed the experience, but it wasn't the worst pain he had ever experience either.

"I don’t try to be a tough guy or anything, but I’ve got a high pain tolerance, I guess you could say," Beavan said before Wednesday's game, his right arm in a compression sleeve. "Growing up playing football, I’ve been hit a lot worse. I can take some pain."

While neither Beavan nor his manager, Eric Wedge, knows how quickly Beavan will recover, both are holding out hope that he can make his next start, which is scheduled to be Sunday. X-rays on the injury came back negative, and Beavan was encouraged by how his elbow felt only a day after the injury.

"It’s more tender than anything," he said. "I have a lot more range of motion, I can get my arm up to my chest. Last night I could barely raise it up without it starting to get tight and hurting. . . As of right now, just staying in the training room trying to get ready for my next one."

Wedge said that if Beavan can't go, the likely candidate to start in his place is Hisashi Iwakuma, who pitched well in long relief Monday. Wedge also mentioned the possibility of bringing someone up from triple-A Tacoma, but Beavan hopes that won't be necessary.

"I’m going to do everything I can to try to get back, but I don’t want come back if I’m not 100 percent, because that wouldn’t be good for the team," he said. "It’s something that you don’t want to rush if it’s serious, but if I can go and I feel 100 percent, I’m going to go."

Sacrifice my body for the team. That was a big part of the game right there. They could have scored a run, who knows, maybe another run after that. But thankfully my elbow got in the way to deflect a Miguel Cabrera single up the middle.
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