ARLINGTON -- Mariners rookie Jesus Montero will make his first start at catcher Wednesday against the Rangers, with John Jaso getting his first action of the season at designated hitter.Montero has played five of the first six games at DH, but this will be his first time behind the plate. He's hitting .278 (5-for-18) with one RBI. Jaso was also acquired by trade over the offseason, but has seen his opportunities limited by the addition of Montero behind starter Miguel Olivo. "I'm excited," said Jaso, who hit .245 with a .340 on-base percentage in parts of the past three seasons with the Rays. "I've been marinating on the bench for a little while, so yeah, it'll be good to see action." Wedge said he wanted to get Montero behind the plate and Jaso into a game, but he wasn't committing to how often he'll go with those combinations going forward. "We've got to get into it for a bit. I don't really have anything preset in my mind," he said. "I want to work off Miggy and Montero and Jaso a little bit, and the rest of our ballclub. The last thing I want to do is define something too early here. We're only a week into it. We need to give it some time." Wedge said part of the thinking was giving Olivo the night off so he can come back in the day game on Thursday, as well as the fact veteran Kevin Millwood is on the mound and he worked well with the rookie Montero in a Spring Training outing. As for Jaso? The 28-year-old says he's been staying as sharp as possible while waiting his turn. "Catching-wise I've been catching a lot of bullpens," he said. "And I've stayed focused in my batting practices. I'm trying to get good repetitions a not just going up there playing home run derby because I know I'm not in the lineup." Jaso makes it clear he's not disappointed with his reduced role. He understands the business of baseball and just wants to make the most of the chances he does get. "It's cool. New uniform, new look, everything like that," he said. "I'm real excited to be playing for these guys. Getting in the lineup is a good feeling. But don't get me wrong, just being here is a great feeling. I'm definitely not bitter being on the bench. "I do like helping out wherever I can, whether it's working with pitchers or contributing to the team with whatever spot I'm in. Now hopefully I can contribute with the bat offensively. It'd be good to get on the board wearing a Mariners uniform."
Beavan enjoys return to Arlington
ARLINGTON -- Mariners right-hander Blake Beavan was still soaking up the moment on Wednesday, relishing his first start at the Ballpark in Arlington, where he and his brothers used to come so often to watch the Rangers while growing up in nearby Irving.The 23-year-old right-hander had never pitched at Rangers Ballpark during his time in Texas, not even after being drafted in the first round by the Rangers in 2007, but threw 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball in a 1-0 loss on Tuesday in front of about 50 family members and friends in the crowd of 25,723. "After that first inning, it sunk in pretty good that I was pitching in Arlington," Beavan said. "I just kind of looked around, just to see the difference between sitting in the stands and actually playing on that field. It was pretty fun, for me, just growing up here. I think everybody would feel the same way if they got that opportunity. "We usually just bought $5 tickets and stole somebody else's seats," he said. "We got told to move a few times. But back then, there'd only be maybe 17,000 or 18,000 people and the stadium holds 50,000, so it wasn't that hard to get down close." Beavan was only 5 when the ballpark opened in 1994. He said his parents and older brothers attended games in the former Arlington Stadium. "They got Nolan Ryan's 4,000th and 5,000th strikeout ticket stubs," Beavan said. "They were big card collectors, so they had all kinds of rookie cards and ticket stubs. It was pretty cool to go through their box of collections." His family was torn when its hometown team traded him away in the Cliff Lee deal, but has come to understand the opportunity that came with it. "All of them had pretty mixed emotions when I got traded," Beavan said. "I don't think anybody saw that coming. But as I told them from the get-go, everything happens for a reason. I don't try to get too spiritual, but things happen for a reason and I took advantage of it when I got here and I plan on trying to keep doing that."
• Catcher Adam Moore was activated from the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday and then optioned back to Triple-A Tacoma, where he's been on a rehabilitation assignment while recovering from a broken bone in his right wrist.Moore will thus remain with the Rainiers, where he's hit .267 (4-for-15) with a home run and four RBIs in his five games. Moore missed all but two games last season after injuring his right knee on April 7 with the Mariners and then undergoing knee surgery. • Shortstop Brendan Ryan was back in the lineup Wednesday, as manager Eric Wedge promised, after sitting out Tuesday to "watch a game" after the skipper was unhappy with his focus during Monday's 11-5 loss to Texas. "It's behind us, it's good, everything is clear," Wedge said. "Hopefully he comes out here and plays the way he's capable of playing tonight and moving forward as well." • Injured left fielder Mike Carp had a home run and triple in four at-bats against Minor League competition in an intrasquad game in Peoria, Ariz., on Wednesday as he continues coming back from a sprained right shoulder. Carp is on the 15-day DL and is eligible to return by Friday, but likely will need a Minor League rehab stint first. • When Erasmo Ramirez made his Major League debut on Monday, he was 21 years and 343 days old, making him the youngest Mariners pitcher to debut since Ryan Feierabend in 2006. Ramirez is the 17th youngest pitcher in club history.