By Nick Patterson Herald Writer
EVERETT — Andrew Carraway began his professional career with the Everett AquaSox.
Since then, he’s progressed to the cusp of the major leagues. But Saturday night, he graced Everett Memorial Stadium one more time.
The right-handed pitcher returned to Everett four years after his previous stint with the Sox, making a rehabilitation start for the AquaSox on Saturday night.
Carraway, who’s been dealing with a minor back injury, had spent the entire season with Tacoma of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League. But despite the time off, he looked like he hadn’t missed a day. Carraway was essentially perfect in four innings — the only batter to reach base was the first of the game when Alberto Triunfel reached on an error, and he was later caught stealing. Carraway struck out five as the Indians were flummoxed by his changeup, and he needed just 36 pitches to get through the four frames.
Carraway was a standout for the Sox in 2009, after being selected by Seattle in the 12th round of the draft out of the University of Virginia. He made 10 appearances with Everett that year, including three starts, and was nearly perfect. He went 4-0 with a 1.44 ERA, walking four and striking out 31 in 25 innings. His performance earned a quick promotion to Clinton of the mid-Class A Midwest League.
Now 26 years old and a minor-league veteran, Carraway was having a strong season for Tacoma. In 12 starts he was 6-2 with a 3.41 ERA. In 711/3 innings he had 22 walks and 52 strikeouts. But Carraway hadn’t pitched since June 4, when he allowed five runs in five innings against Sacramento. Carraway missed several turns in the rotation because of the back issue, though he was never placed on the disabled list.
The Sox didn’t find out about Carraway’s arrival until earlier Saturday, so originally-scheduled starter Ryan Horstman was bumped. Min-Sih Chen came in after Carraway tossed his four innings.
Everett manager Rob Mummau said he did not know whether Carraway would make any more appearances with the Sox.
“He’s here today for now,” Mummau said. “We’ll see where he’s at after this game. We’ll play it by ear. There’s always a chance he’ll get another outing. We’ll see how he feels after this game and kind of take it from there. I’m not exactly sure what’s going to happen.”