Suarez (1-0) was credited with the win in Monday's 5-4 victory over the Astros after allowing one run on five hits and three walks over four-plus innings of relief. He struck out one. It was far from a dominant outing for the lefty in his season debut, but he gave the Angels a chance to mount a comeback after opener Junior Guerra dug them into an early hole. Suarez tossed 40 of 72 pitches for strikes, so he won't be available to pitch again for a few days, potentially making him a candidate to be optioned back down to Triple-A Salt Lake. If he sticks around, Suarez would need multiple injuries in the Angels' the rotation to have a chance at starting.
Suarez will follow Junior Guerra out of the bullpen Monday against the Astros, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports. It's unclear if this is a traditional opener and follower setup, as the Angels haven't specified exactly how many innings Guerra is supposed to pitch. Suarez has made 17 starts and four relief appearances thus far in his big-league career but hasn't had much success, struggling to a 7.99 ERA and 6.95 FIP.
The Angels recalled Suarez from Triple-A Salt Lake ahead of Sunday's game against the Dodgers. According to J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News, Angels manager Joe Maddon said Suarez is "here to help" out of the bullpen in Sunday's series finale, but look for the skipper to stay away from the lefty if starter Jose Quintana isn't chased from the game early. With Alex Cobb (finger) moving to the 10-day injured list Saturday, the Angels will have an opening in the rotation for Monday's game in Houston. Suarez, who had been stretched out for starting duty at Triple-A, would make for a logical choice to get the nod Monday if he isn't needed in relief Sunday.
Suarez was activated from the injured list Saturday, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports. Suarez had been on the injured list at the team's alternate training site for an undisclosed reason. He'll likely stay at the alternate site rather than move to the big-league bullpen, but his re-addition to the roster ensures that he won't be exposed to waivers. Suarez has struggled immensely in his time as a big leaguer, but he was once among the organization's top pitching prospects, so there is still hope that he can turn things around and contribute to the big club at some point.
Suarez was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake on Sunday. Suarez was being stretched out as a starter this spring while also serving as a bullpen option, but he'll begin the regular season in the minors. The southpaw made three relief appearances during Cactus League play and gave up two runs on four hits and three walks while striking out eight over 4.2 innings. Although Suarez hasn't had much success in the majors early in his career, he could serve as a versatile option for the Angels if the team's pitching staff deals with injuries this season.
|@ FENWAY PARK||0||0||0||0||0|