It went as expected.
The roster move has now been made official now that Danny Farquhar has arrived in Cleveland. The Mariners selected the right-hander from Triple A Tacoma. To make room on the 25-man roster, Hector Noesi was optioned to Triple A Tacoma. To make room on the 40-man roster for Farquhar, Stephen Pryor was placed on the 60-day disabled list with his strained latissmus dorsi. He is eligible to be activated on June 16.
One thing to note, if Aaron Harang’s back issue does not improve. Noesi, who’s already back in Tacoma, is on schedule to start Tuesday – the same day as Harang. The Mariners could then recall Noesi and start him in Anaheim, if they placed Harang on the 15-day disabled list. The Mariners could also make the disabled list stint retroactive to Harang’s last start, which was May 7.
The move with Pryor isn’t surprising. The Mariners are being very careful in his recovery. Pryor also suffered a minor setback the other day.
“It’s just been slow coming,” Wedge said of Pryor’s recovery. “He tried to play catch the other day and he didn’t feel great. So we backed him off of that a little bit. For a guy that size with that injury and the way he throws, it’s not the best scenario. We knew when we started out it was going to be some time, but I don’t think we know how much right now.”
Farquhar was standing in the postgame food line in the clubhouse of Cheney Stadium when manager John Stearns summoned him into his office.
“I was just waiting to get some food because I was starving,” he said.
Farquhar walked into the office where Stearns, bench coach Scott Steinmann and pitching coach Dwight Bernard were waiting.
“They just handed me the itinerary,” Farquhar said. “I was speechless.”
After some congratulations from his coaches and teammates, Farquhar immediately called his wife, who was in the parking lot waiting for him. He ran and gave her a big hug.
Farquhar, 26, was 0-1 with 6 saves and a 2.25 ERA (5 earned runs, 20.0 innings pitched) in 15 relief appearances with the Tacoma Rainiers. He allowed only one run over his last 11 relief appearances, posting a 0.56 ERA (1 ER, 16.0 IP) while striking out 24 batters and walking only two hitters.
A big part of Farquhar’s recent success has been the use of his curveball. He can run his fastball up to 95 mph and his cut fastball is right around 90-91. But it’s the curve ball that is usually around low 80s and has some depth and sink to it that have made the difference.
“He has a good stuff, it was just a matter of using all of it,” said third base coach Daren Brown, who managed Farquhar earlier this season. “Once he started doing that, he was good. And it looks like he’s continued to be good.”
Farquhar was ignoring the curve ball early on. And he needed that pitch to provide a change in velocity and eye level.
“It’s a put away pitch,” Brown said. “Hitters don’t see it, and they’re just not ready for it.”
Farquhar understands it’s importance now.
“It’s a big offspeed pitch that I need to continue to throw for strikes, continue to mix in there because I have the fastball and cutter which are too hard pitches,” he said. “Even if it’s just showing it to hitters. It’s changing the speed, changing the plane and the eye level. The curve ball is a big difference maker.”
Farquhar was acquired by Seattle on July 23, 2012 from the New York Yankees along with RHP D.J. Mitchell in exchange for OF Ichiro Suzuki. He made three appearances with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2011 and has posted a 15-18, 2.87 ERA career minor league record. The native of Pembroke Pines, FL was originally selected by the Blue Jays in the 10th round of the 2008 June Draft out of the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.
Noesi was just the odd man out with the bullpen depleted. But Wedge was quite pleased with what he saw on Thursday in the spot start.
“We’ve talked a lot about him the last year or so, that’s what we are talking about,” Wedge said. “That type of aggressiveness, that type of stuff, that little edge he hat out ther, that type of focus, that’s what he want.