The former starter will have a role in the White Sox’s bullpen, which is what he had been doing in previous stops this season with the Seattle Mariners and at Texas. The Rangers acquired him for cash considerations from the Mariners on April 12, then designated him for assignment Tuesday.
The White Sox are certainly familiar with Noesi’s shortcomings, having scored seven runs off him in a single inning on Sunday. But they are confident they see areas that can be improved.
“He’s a guy we’ve liked for some time who has some upside. And there are two specific things that we think we can improve that he’s been doing that has hampered his success,” White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said, declining to get specific about those two areas. “So we’ll see if we’re effective in being able to make those adjustments in the near future and, if not, we’ll adjust accordingly.”
If the 27-year old takes to the White Sox’s planned adjustments through pitching coach Don Cooper, it isn’t out of the question they would consider making him a starter at some point down the road. For now, though, because he is not stretched out to multiple innings, he will remain a reliever.