The Seattle Mariners optioned Hector Noesi to Triple-A Tacoma and called up Danny Farquhar to revitalize a worn down bullpen. The move could only be a temporary one considering how well Noesi has pitched in 2013.
The 26-year-old appeared in a spot start on May 16 against the New York Yankees. He pitched in place of starter Aaron Harang, who missed the scheduled start due to a stiff back. Noesi gave up just one unearned run on three hits in 4 1/3 innings. The Mariners went on to defeat the Yankees 3-2 in the contest.
Overall, the relief pitcher has posted a 2.63 earned run average with 10 strikeouts in 13 2/3 innings this season. The numbers are far better than what he put up last year in mostly a starting role.
The entire reason Noesi was sent down instead of anyone else in the bullpen is because he will be unable to pitch for at least a few days. Considering the bullpen has been overworked lately, the Mariners knew they needed an extra arm just in case some of the starting pitchers cannot go deep into ball games.
“We pretty much used everybody yesterday, so we have to stay on top of their workloads,” manager Eric Wedge said, according to Mariners.com. “Farquhar has been throwing well in Triple-A, so he was the guy.”
Farquhar has only appeared in three games in the majors prior to Saturday’s contest against the Cleveland Indians. The 26-year-old tossed 2 2/3 scoreless innings with five strikeouts in the 5-4 loss.