The White Sox think there's some upside in right-hander Hector Noesi, whom they claimed off waivers from Texas on Friday. Specifically, general manager Rick Hahn said there are two things pitching coach Don Cooper can tweak to maximize the 27-year-old's potential.
Hahn wouldn't reveal what those tweaks are, but said Cooper will get a look at Noesi on Saturday and give his input as to whether the former Yankees and Mariners starter can be a productive member of the White Sox. He'll likely be added to the 25-man major league roster on Saturday (he's out of minor-league options) provided he looks better than he did Sunday, when he gave up seven runs on seven hits in one inning against the White Sox -- his last appearance with Texas.
"He’s a guy who obviously was available because he has struggled mightily, as we saw first-hand last weekend, but he’s a guy we’ve liked for some time who has some upside," Hahn said. "... We’ll see if we’re effective in being able to make those adjustments in the near future and if not, adjust accordingly."
Noesi began the season with Seattle but was dealt to Texas for cash considerations April 12. He's pitched exclusively out of the bullpen this season but does have 21 major league starts under his belt, in which he has a 6.14 ERA. The White Sox have yet to announce a starter for Sunday's game against Tampa Bay and currently have only four starters on the 25-man roster.
A possible scenario, though, is the White Sox call up Triple-A right-hander Scott Carroll to start Sunday's game. The 29-year-old, who has a 1.57 ERA in four starts this season, was scratched from his start Thursday and hasn't pitched since April 19. The only hang-up to adding Carroll would be outrighting someone off the 40-man roster, which is now full after adding Noesi Friday.
Manager Robin Ventura said a decision on who starts Sunday's game will be made Saturday.
Whatever that decision is, Noesi is likely to have some sort of role with the White Sox provided Cooper's able to work his magic on a guy with a career 5.81 ERA.
"I suspect he will be on the active roster tomorrow," Hahn said. "But never say never. We still have another game to play."