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Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Noesi looks deserving of another chance

By Doug Padilla

CHICAGO -- Hector Noesei impressed again in a spot-starter role, and it might earn him another turn in the rotation.

The right-hander, who was claimed off waivers April 25 from the Texas Rangers, has gone through a resurgence in his short time with the White Sox. He has been pitching in relief all year but was asked to start last Wednesday against the Detroit Tigers.

He gave the White Sox a solid three innings that night before fading in the fourth. On Tuesday against the Chicago Cubs, he gave up one run over five innings, working his way up to 81 pitches in just two starts.

Manager Robin Ventura was asked if Noesi will start again. The same spot in the rotation will come up Sunday when the White Sox play host to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

“Yeah, right now [he will start],” Ventura said. “We’re just kind of flying by the seat of our pants with starters. These guys keep coming out and doing well, they get another shot.”

The “right now” part makes it sound less definite that Noesi will get another chance. The White Sox have Tommy Hanson getting up to speed at Triple-A Charlotte. Hanson fired six scoreless innings Tuesday for the Knights.