The Seattle Mariners, in an attempt to help struggling pitcher Hector Noesi and the team’s scuffling offense, optioned Noesi to Triple-A Tacoma on Thursday and recalled outfielder Carlos Peguero.
In his first season in the rotation after coming to the Mariners as part of the Michael Pineda trade with the New York Yankees, Noesi had his major league-worst 11th losing decision of the season on Wednesday in a 4-2 loss to the Baltimore Orioles. He has a 2-11 record with a 5.77 ERA in 17 starts covering 962/3 innings. He has not won since May 12, a span of 11 starts.
Noesi called his latest performance “not good,” and manager Eric Wedge said he made too many mistakes.
“We just need him to take the next step, to the point where we know what we are getting from him,” Wedge said Wednesday.
Filling Noesi’s spot on the roster is Peguero, one of the Pacific Coast League’s hottest hitters. Peguero played 46 games for Seattle in 2011, batting .196 with six homers and 19 RBI.
In his past 10 games with the Rainiers, Peguero is hitting .342 with six home runs and 12 RBI. For the season, he’s hitting .293 with 18 homers and 41 RBI despite missing a month because of knee surgery.
Peguero ranks third in the PCL in homers and has cleared the fences in each of his past five games, including a grand slam Wednesday at Salt Lake.