Why You Don’t Bring Up A Player To Sit

When Phil Hughes was first placed on the disabled list by the Yankees and Bartolo Colon slid into his rotation spot, they brought up Hector Noesi to be the new long relief guy.  Noesi was one of the top starters on Triple A Scranton and is known as a control pitcher with decent stuff.  His ceiling is middle to back end starter.

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In his first start with Scranton (before the call up), he went five innings giving up two earned runs on nine hits, four strikeouts, and two walks.  He was then called up, stayed with the team for six days without appearing in one game, and then was sent back down.  It almost seemed like Joe Girardi was avoiding to use Noesi.  If he wasn’t going to pitch they shouldn’t have brought him up.  Instead, they should have kept him down in Triple A and build up as many innings as possible.  I know missing one start isn’t crazy, but it’s the principle.

Today, Noesi made his first start for Scranton since being sent down.  His line was 3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 5 BB, 3 K, 2 WP on 71 pitches.  The thing that is most alarming about this is that Noesi is a control pitcher and still managed to walk five and throw two wild pitches.  He was shaking off the rust from not pitching in a real game in one or two weeks.

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I have the feeling that the Yankees are doing this same thing with Eduardo Nunez.  The front office has said that they want him to be the shortstop of the future, yet he is up in the Majors as a super utility guy and a speed guy off the bench.  So far this season he has gotten just two at-bats and two stolen base attempts.  They need to strategize this a little more because Nunez sitting on the bench is doing no good, like it wasn’t for Noesi.


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