Seems like I just left this place. The Mariners needed a fresh bullpen arm after last night’s 14-inning game, so Hector Noesi was recalled from Tacoma, and Bobby LaFromboise was optioned to Tacoma. Tough break for LaFromboise, but he got the call in the first place in a similar situation.
It’s been a whirlwind week for Noesi, who was named the Southern League pitcher of the week on Monday, and promoted from Class AA Jackson to Triple-A Tacoma the same day. He was 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in two starts with Jackson, allowing just five hits in 11 innings with 12 strikeouts and three walks. He never got in a game for Tacoma, and was awakened this morning at about 1:45 a.m. to be informed he was coming up to the majors. He went back to sleep, then drove to the ballpark in the morning.
Noesi will be working out the bullpen, a role he had with the Yankees in 2011. Noesi appeared in 30 games with the Yankees in ’11, all but two in relief, and had a 4.01 ERA out of the bullpen. But last year, as a starter for the Mariners after coming over with Jesus Montero in a trade, he was 2-12, 5.82 in 22 games (18 starts), and 2-6, 5.74 in 11 starts with Tacoma. He also was hit around in spring training this year, but believes he has found himself in the minors.
“I’m trying to put everything together to come here again,” he said.
Of his success in Jackson, Noesi said, “I think I know that league already. I was getting comfortable in my stuff, and trusting my stuff. That’s it.”
Noesi added that “last year, I was thinking too much,” and said of relieving, “That role doesn’t bother me. When I was with the Yankees, I was relieving the whole year.”