CLEVELAND -- Veteran right-hander Aaron Harang took it easy on Friday, a day after being scratched from his scheduled start against the Yankees due to lower back stiffness. But the 35-year-old remains hopeful that he'll be fine to pitch in his next scheduled start Tuesday in Anaheim.
"He says he feels better today," manager Eric Wedge said. "As of right now, we've still got him slotted for Tuesday. He saw a chiropractor today and says he feels a little better. So ideally, he can play catch tomorrow and maybe throw a light 'pen on Sunday and be ready for Tuesday."
Harang was acquired by trade from the Rockies on April 12 and has gone 1-4 with a 7.30 ERA in five starts. He struggled in his initial outings after not pitching for several weeks, but had put together back-to-back quality starts against the Orioles and Pirates before being sidelined by his back problem.
Harang missed two months with a back issue in 2010 while with the Reds, but he doesn't believe the problem is as serious this time.
If Harang isn't able to start on Tuesday, it's likely he'd be put on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to his last start, which would allow the team to recall Hector Noesi from Triple-A Tacoma to take his spot.
Noesi was optioned to Tacoma on Friday, a day after getting the spot start in Harang's place. A player has to stay in the Minors for at least 10 days after being optioned, unless there is an injury on the Major League roster that requires another player to go on the disabled list.
Mariners option Noesi to Triple-A; call up Farquhar
CLEVELAND -- Needing to bolster a worn-down bullpen, the Mariners selected right-hander Danny Farquhar from Triple-A Tacoma on Friday and optioned Hector Noesi back to Tacoma.
To make room for Farquhar on the 40-man Major League roster, reliever Stephen Pryor was transferred from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL. Pryor, sidelined since April 15 with a torn latissimus dorsi muscle, is now eligible to be activated on June 14.
Farquhar, 26, has allowed just one earned run in his last 16 innings in Tacoma and provides Seattle some needed depth after the relief corps was spent in Thursday's 3-2 win over the Yankees.
Noesi made the spot start in that game in place of an injured Aaron Harang and allowed just one unearned run in 4 1/3 innings. Since he won't be able to pitch again for five days, the Mariners sent him down and brought up an available arm in Farquhar after using five relievers to finish up Thursday's win.
"We pretty much used everybody yesterday, so we have to stay on top of their workloads," manager Eric Wedge said. "Farquhar has been throwing well in Triple-A, so he was the guy."
Farquhar was acquired from the Yankees last July in the Ichiro Suzuki trade. He pitched three games for the Blue Jays in 2011, allowing three earned runs in two innings.
The 5-foot-9 Florida native was 0-1 with a 2.25 ERA in 15 games for Tacoma this season, allowing 17 hits with four walks and 30 strikeouts in 20 innings. Over his last 16 innings, he's held opponents to a .172 average with two walks and 24 strikeouts.
Noesi is scheduled to pitch Tuesday for Tacoma, but he would be available to return to the Mariners if Harang has to go on the disabled list. Harang is currently slated to pitch Tuesday in Anaheim, so Noesi could slide into that spot if needed.
"He was the odd-man out," Wedge said. "We're obviously thrilled with the way he threw the ball yesterday. [Pitching coach Carl Willis] and I talked to him today. That's what we're talking about. That aggressiveness with that stuff and the edge and focus he had out there, that's it. Now he's got to bottle it."
Pryor, meanwhile, has been a little slower to return than hoped, so it made sense to move him to the 60-day DL.
"He tried to play catch the other day and didn't feel great, so we backed him off that a little bit," Wedge said. "For a guy that size, with that injury and the way he throws, it's not the best scenario, let's put it that way. We knew when he started out it was going to be some time, but I don't think we knew how much time."
Morse sidelined Friday with eye irritation
CLEVELAND -- Outfielder Michael Morse, who has been carrying a hot bat the last week, was scratched from the Mariners lineup about an hour before Friday's series opener with the Indians due to eye irritation.
Morse was available off the bench for the 4:05 p.m. PT contest, but Endy Chavez took his place in right field to start the game.
Morse hit his 10th home run of the season in Thursday's 3-2 win over the Yankees. Since moving to the fifth spot in the lineup on May 12, he's hit .600 (9-for-15) with four straight multi-hit games.
The big outfielder was tied for fifth in the American League with his 10 home runs going into Friday's game and was hitting .261 with 17 RBIs in 35 games.
• Franklin Gutierrez went 1-for-5 with an RBI as the designated hitter for Tacoma on Thursday in his first Minor League rehab appearance. Gutierrez is on the 15-day disabled list with a strained hamstring.
• Right-handed reliever Josh Kinney is expected to make his first rehab appearance for Tacoma on Friday as he begins his return from a stress reaction in his ribs that sidelined him midway through Spring Training. Kinney is on the 60-day disabled list through at least May 30.
• Mariners outfielders had hit 27 home runs going into Friday's action, the most of any Major League team. The Rockies outfielders have hit 24.