SEATTLE -- The Mariners' 14 innings of baseball on Wednesday night taxed the bullpen and necessitated a roster move. It came Thursday in the form of the team recalling right-hander Hector Noesi and optioning lefty Bobby LaFromboise back to Triple-A Tacoma.
Noesi appeared in 22 games (18 starts) for the Mariners last year, going 2-12 with a 5.82 ERA. He had come over from the Yankees in the Jan. 23, 2012, trade that sent pitchers Michael Pineda and Jose Campos to New York for Jesus Montero.
This year, Noesi started with Double-A Jackson, going 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in two starts to earn Southern League Pitcher of the Week honors. He was transferred to Triple-A Tacoma on Monday, but did not pitch for the Rainiers.
Noesi had pitched in 30 games with New York in 2011, and 28 of those appearances came in relief, so he's no stranger to the bullpen.
"I'm happy," he said. "I want to be here, and I've been trying to put everything together to be here."
Noesi said he has become more comfortable with his stuff, particularly his curveball, and that he's trusting the pitch more, which led to his success early this year in the Minors.
"Last year, I was just thinking too much," he said.