PEORIA, Ariz. -- The Mariners only got four innings of work from Hector Noesi before rain and hail halted Sunday's Cactus League game with the Rockies, but manager Eric Wedge continued to see what he wants to from the young right-hander.
Noesi, 25, appears to be locking up a rotation berth with his strong spring. He gave up two runs on four hits to the Rockies, including two singles with no out in the fifth before the game was halted. He now owns a 3.00 ERA in three Cactus League starts.
"He's really pitched well," manager Eric Wedge said. "I think today was not under everyday circumstances, and he handled that well, too. He's done a nice job for us."
Noesi expected to throw five innings and about 75-80 pitches, but was in the low 60s when the rains came. But Wedge said that was no problem in his situation, since he's not one of the two starters needed for the A's series in Tokyo on March 28-29.
"We've got time when we get back from Japan to set it up for us," Wedge said. "We'll pitch some of these guys over there, too, so we're setting that up with the exhibition games, as well."
Noesi is benefiting from the chance to pitch every fifth day, after working out of the bullpen for the Yankees last year.
"I think I'm doing good this spring," said the Dominican native. "It's different than every spring. I learn about something every time I go out there."