Noesi down, Peguero up
The Mariners have optioned Hector Noesi to Tacoma after another disappointing start. Carlos Peguero was called up to take his place on the roster. Before you get too outraged about Peguero, who’s unlikely to be any more helpful than he was last year, there are some points about the timing and circumstances you should keep in mind.
First of all, with the All-Star break coming up next week, pitcher workloads are less of a concern for a little while, so swapping out a pitcher for a bench bat makes perfect sense. A couple appearances pinch-hitting for Ryan or Kawasaki is okay and would at least provide some entertainment, it’s only really a problem if Wedge re-develops an irrational attachment to starting Peguero in left field all the time. Also, keep in mind that the pitching staff was at an insanely high 13 anyway, so this is really just re-balancing the roster to a more normal configuration. And it’s not like anyone else in Tacoma has been looking like a great option, at least of those on the 40-man roster who can be called up easily.
And ultimately, Peguero should only be up for however long it takes Gutierrez to be ready to come back from his concussion. They need to be appropriately cautious, but hopefully that won’t take too much longer.
As far as the future of the rotation after the break, that will depend on how well Millwood and Ramirez recover from their injuries. If they’re okay, you just leave Iwakuma in and that’s five. Otherwise, we might have to see Blake Beavan again.