Hector Noesi was sitting by his locker when I first entered the clubhouse this afternoon in Arlington, Tex. Noesi is likely feeling a little better about his pitching fortunes today than he was 24 hours ago.
That 3 1/3 innings of shutout ball he tossed last night helped spare the Mariners bullpen some extra work with two games still to play here. They also showed that Noesi can actually get big league outs when he puts his mind to it.
That was in doubt this spring. So much so, the team sent Noesi down to Class AA to get his game together.
“They told me I had to get my mind clear,” he said. “I have to do better.”
Noesi said the team told him he had to believe in his “stuff” again. The news of the double-level demotion hit Noesi hard.
“It was a surprise for me,” he said. “It was a hard moment, you know? But I have to take whatever God has for me. It’s a job. If you don’t take care of your business, they’re going to send you down.”More