Ryan Franklin wants to get right back out on the mound after his 10-day steroid suspension.
Seattle Mariners manager Mike Hargrove will give him that opportunity.
Franklin will make his return to the rotation when the Mariners continue their weekend series with the visiting Los Angeles Angels.
Franklin was slapped with a 10-day ban on Aug. 2 for failing a drug test, but vehemently denied using performance-enhancing drugs.
“There has to be a flaw in the system,” he said. “I have no clue. I tested in early May and again three weeks later. The first was positive, the second was negative. There is a flaw in the testing or my urine got mixed up with somebody else’s. They said that couldn’t happen but I don’t believe it.
“I just know deep in my heart that I’d never do anything like that.”
Whether he did it or not, Franklin is eligible to return Saturday and is anxious to begin making amends for the embarrassing incident. Hargrove hadn’t decided whether to use Franklin or rookie Jeff Harris, who has allowed three runs over 10 2-3 innings in two outings since being called up to fill Franklin’s roster spot, until Friday night.
Vladimir Guerrero made sure the Angels didn’t stay in second place for long, belting a pair of homers Friday as Los Angeles pounded Seattle 9-4 to climb back into a first-place tie with Oakland in the AL West.
The reigning AL MVP has been especially tough against the Mariners this season, registering 12 hits, including six homers.
Guerrero’s homer Friday was his third in five games. He has 18 RBIs over the last 10 games, and with 83 on the season he’s firmly on pace to reach 100 for the seventh time in the last eight years.
Bengie Molina also homered for the Angels, who have been out of first place for a total of just seven days this season.
Adrian Beltre homered for the last-place Mariners, who have dropped two straight and four of six.