Noesi to get chance in White Sox bullpen
CHICAGO -- Hector Noesi has had a whirlwind of a season so far. The White Sox are his third team in the month of April alone. He was added to Chicago's 25-man roster before Saturday's game against the Rays after being claimed off waivers from the Rangers.
Noesi made the most of his first opportunity with the White Sox, throwing 1 1/3 scoreless innings in Saturday's 4-0 loss to the Rays.
"He did great," manager Robin Ventura said. "For getting here today and getting right in there ... not ideal conditions to be in there and make your debut with a team, but he did what was asked of him."
Noesi said his transition between the three teams is helped by knowing so many other Latin players in the big leagues. That still doesn't make such frequent change easy, though Noesi said he feels good as a member of the White Sox.
"Well, it's an experience for me, and I learn from that too," Noesi said. "It's really hard. I jump places too, and just to a different team. I just need a role and to keep my role up."
For all intents and purposes, Noesi is a work in progress. The 27-year-old right-hander has a 14.21 ERA this season (10 earned runs in 6 1/3 innings pitched) with the Rangers and Mariners, and a career ERA of 5.81 in 196 2/3 innings. In that sense, he's just Sox pitching coach Don Cooper's latest reclamation project.
"I've been hearing a lot about it him, he is good," Noesi said of Cooper. "So I'm going to trust him with my stuff."
Noesi said Cooper talked to him about correcting his mechanics, in particular his release point. He might not have much time to get any extra work in -- Cooper told Noesi to be ready for Saturday night, because the bullpen tossed 7 1/3 innings in Friday's win.
One thing above all else that will help Noesi stick with the White Sox is the ability to throw strikes. White Sox relievers walked seven in Friday's win and have issued 55 free passes in 81 1/3 innings, an average of more than six walks per nine innings. The bullpen also has the second-worst ERA (5.20) in the American League.
It's not as if Noesi can correct those issues on his own, so what expectations do the Sox have for him?
"I don't know. We're going to find out when he's in there," Ventura said. "With the way it's been going for us, he's going to get a shot to do something. You hope the guy takes advantage of it and makes the most of it."