Suarez went 0-for-4 against the Rockies on Monday to lower his spring training line to .188/.297/.219. Much like teammate Joey Votto, Suarez is off to a slow start but there's no fundamental reason to be too concerned. His role is secure and he'll be batting in the middle of an order that is expected to be one of the better lineups in the National League. His ADP over the first weekend of the NFBC Main Event was 59.00.
Suarez went 1-for-3 with a solo home run Saturday during the Reds' 3-0 win over the Pirates. Suarez lifted an offering from Jameson Taillon over the center-field wall in the fourth inning. His 34th big fly was the latest highlight of his breakout season, during which he's slashing an impressive .284/.368/.528 with 104 RBI, 79 runs and 10.6 percent walk rate.
Suarez is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Brewers. Suarez will head to the bench after starting seven straight games at the hot corner, hitting just .160/.276/.280 with one homer and one RBI over that stretch. Brandon Dixon will cover third base and hit eighth in his place.
Suarez is not in the lineup for Sunday's series finale against the Padres, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports. Suarez will get Sunday off after going 3-for-6 two runs scored through the first two games of the series. Brandon Dixon will start at third base and bat seventh for the Reds.
Suarez was scratched from Thursday's starting nine against the Brewers due to mid-back spams, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports. The Reds have yet to provide any additional information regarding Suarez's injury, so he should be considered day-to-day ahead of Friday's game in St. Louis for the time being. In his place, Dilson Herrera was added to Thursday's lineup at second base while Brandon Dixon was shifted over to start at third.