The White Sox believe Hector Noesi has a better chance to reach his potential in the starting rotation versus the bullpen.
So when Chris Sale moved back into the rotation on Thursday the White Sox opted to make Scott Carroll the team’s long reliever and keep Noesi a starter.
Noesi, who was claimed off waivers from the Texas Rangers last month, is still building arm strength after he began the season as a reliever. The White Sox want to further explore his potential and general manager Rick Hahn said the rotation is the right place to do so.
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“Making those mechanical adjustments we mentioned when we first acquired him, he's more comfortable in the starting role,” Hahn said. “We feel we've made progress with him in the starting role in terms of getting him where we want him to be and having a regular schedule for that makes it more likely we're going to get to the point where we want to with him than putting him in the pen right now and not being as consistent with his usage.”
Noesi is 0-3 with a 5.66 ERA in four starts since he joined the White Sox starting rotation. After he began the season as a reliever, Noesi, who started 18 games for Seattle in 2012, has thrown 117 and 109 pitches in his past two starts.
Carroll is 1-3 with a 6.49 ERA in five starts.
He lasted pitched in the bullpen in 2012 when he made relief appearances in 26 of 35 games. The right-hander said he welcomes the new role and thinks he can add endurance to a bullpen that has been used heavily early in the season.
“It’s going to be a great opportunity, because it’s still going to be able to have some structure, you know, as far as any position in the bullpen,” Carroll said. “This one has the most structure, as far as a reliever, because I’m going to throw multiple innings. I know I’m going to be out there for a little while and it kind of gives me a chance to still have a routine, even though I’m not starting.
“I think it’s going to be a chance to give some of these guys a rest and our bullpen’s been used a lot. They’ve been doing a great job.”
Davidson heats up
Prospect Matt Davidson has begun to heat up after a slow start. Hahn said how Davidson began the campaign slow after being sent to Triple-A Charlotte isn’t a surprise and that the third baseman then battled a bruised right hand.
But Davidson has come around with a .353/.371/.588 slash line with two doubles, two home runs and five RBIs since May 12.
“Matt wasn’t quite where he was when he left camp, from a timing standpoint, offensively,” Hahn said. “We’ve been real pleased with the defense, but he wasn’t able to carry over in the early part of the minor league season what he was doing for us in Glendale. He then had the hand thing and now that the hand thing seems to be behind him, I think he’s turning a corner.”
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