Yanks to call up Hector Noesi

The Yankees are ready to make their first Minor League call-up of the season. It’ll be right-hander Hector Noesi, summoned from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to replace right-hander Luis Ayala on the active roster, according to ESPN’s Enrique Rojas.

Noesi, 24, started on Saturday at Rochester, allowing three runs (two earned) on nine hits in five innings, getting a no-decision.

You might remember Joe Girardi and Brian Cashman giving Noesi an outside chance this spring at the fifth starter vacancy, the one that eventually went to Freddy Garcia. Noesi was delayed getting to camp by some visa issues and that was pretty much that, but he may get a chance to contribute on some level now.

He was 14-7 with a 3.20 ERA in 28 games (27 starts) with Class-A Tampa, Double-A Trenton and at Triple-A last year, walking just 28 batters while striking out 153. He held lefties to a combined .220 average (63-for-286, two homers).

Noesi’s promotion creates a vacancy in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s rotation for Kevin Millwood. He’s been working out in Tampa with the Extended Spring Training clubs, but needs to begin getting some starts soon. The Yankees must decide to promote Millwood by May 1 or he can opt out of his contract.

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