Ramirez and Noesi to join Mariners' rotation
Mariners manager Eric Wedge said the addition of the two pitchers wouldn't mean any current starters would be shut down.
Seattle Times staff reporter
Erasmo Ramirez will make his first start for the Mariners since June 30 on Tuesday against the Blue Jays in Toronto.
Ramirez, one of the club's September call-ups, will take the rotation spot of Blake Beavan for the start. Mariners manager Eric Wedge said he also wants to get a start soon for Hector Noesi, who like Ramirez had been pitching for Class AAA Tacoma.
"I just want to look at them again," Wedge said.
He added that it doesn't mean they are shutting down current members of the rotation.
"We're just giving guys extra days as we're moving along," he said. "Everyone is going to keep making their starts, but we're going to get them more time or extra days."
Felix Hernandez and Jason Vargas will stay on normal rest, he said.
In Ramirez's last major-league start, against Boston, he pitched 2-2/3 perfect innings before leaving with an elbow injury that landed him on the disabled list. He worked a scoreless inning of relief on Friday and is 0-2 with a 3.69 earned-run average in 12 appearances (four starts) this season. Noesi is 2-11 with a 5.66 ERA in 18 games (17 starts).
• In his sixth season in the Mariners organization, Carlos Triunfel — still just 22 — made his major-league debut on Friday. He struck out on three pitches as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning.
"I was very emotional, and I was also very nervous," he said through a translator. "Now I'll be good. Now I'll be calm."
• A's pitcher Brandon McCarthy, hospitalized in the Bay Area after being struck in the head by a line drive this week, buoyed everyone's spirits on Oakland's side with a single tweet Saturday afternoon from the hospital: "Crazy about this children's tylenol, can't believe they give it to kids."
The fact that McCarthy could crack a joke, and then went back on Twitter later in the day, was seen as a sign that he's feeling better. McCarthy underwent two hours of surgery on Wednesday to relieve pressure on his brain.
Another tweet today from McCarthy on his @BMcCarthy32 account said, "The good news in all of this, is that I set up my fantasy lineups beforehand. So there shall be no excuses at this point."
McCarthy also answered the well wishes of 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis by tweeting, "thanks buddy, I feel like I just got hit by you."
McCarthy was said to be alert and sitting up on Saturday.