Suarez gave up five runs on eight hits over three innings of relief Wednesday against the Red Sox. With Cain (hamstring) returning from the disabled list, Suarez was pushed back into a long relief role after posting a 4.02 ERA in six starts. He could find himself back in a starting role if Cain continues to pitch the way he did Wednesday. Regardless of whoever is starting, it would be wise to avoid both Cain and Suarez at this point.
Suarez was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento on Tuesday. The 26-year-old turned in his second career quality start Sunday, allowing two runs on six hits while fanning five over six innings in Arizona. He was sent down the next day with the team not really needing him again before the break, but Suarez was summoned back Wednesday with Cory Gearrin (shoulder) landing on the DL. Suarez will presumably be available out of the bullpen over the next several days but has put himself in good position to make more starts in the second half.
Suarez was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento on Monday. Suarez had a respectable run with the Giants, as the 26-year-old posted a 3.72 ERA over 12 appearances (six starts) this season. He had only been in line to make one more start prior to the All-Star break, but with a team day off Thursday, manager Bruce Bochy has some flexibility with his rotation. Rather than stick with the team through the break, Suarez will be a necessary roster casualty, making room for the Monday activation of reliever Sergio Romo.
Suarez (3-1) allowed two runs on six hits while striking out five over six innings, but received no decision Sunday at the Diamondbacks. Suarez gave up single runs in the second and sixth innings, but the bullpen was unable to hold onto his two-run lead. He's now held opponents to exactly two or three runs in each of his last eight outings, and he has a 3.72 ERA along with a 1.10 WHIP on the year. He'll make his next start Saturday against the Diamondbacks.
Suarez allowed three runs on three hits and three walks with five strikeouts over 5.2 innings in a no-decision Tuesday against the Athletics. Unfortunately for Suarez, two of his three earned runs came around to score thanks to a disastrous relief appearance by George Kontos, who allowed two hits, a walk, and a reached on error without recording an out before he was pulled in the sixth inning. This marks just the second time this season Suarez has gone over 90 pitches, as he spent May pitching out of the bullpen. Hopefully as he stretches out, he'll be able to avoid running out of gas late in starts. Suarez has a 3.83 ERA but has lasted six innings just once in his five starts this year.