The Angels optioned Suarez to Triple-A Salt Lake on Sunday, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports. Suarez was demoted after he surrendered all four of the White Sox's runs while giving up eight hits and two walks over four innings in Saturday's 4-0 loss. The southpaw went 0-2 across his first four starts, submitting a 6.35 ERA, 1.76 WHIP and 15:11 K:BB across 17 frames. Assuming the Angels elect to keep their six-man rotation intact, long reliever Jaime Barria could be the top candidate to pick up a start when Suarez's turn comes up again Friday versus the Nationals.
Suarez (0-2) gave up four earned runs over four innings and took the loss Saturday as the Angels fell to the White Sox. He allowed eight hits, struck out four batters and walked two. Five of the hits Suarez allowed went for extra bases, and he wound up on the wrong side of the decision for the second time in four starts. He has not been eating up many innings for the Angels, as he has not made it out of the fifth inning all season.
Suarez allowed three runs on four hits and two walks in 4.1 innings while striking out six in a 7-6 win Sunday over Baltimore. He did not factor into the decision. Suarez was the beneficiary of a six-run first inning by the Angels' offense but was unable to get through the fifth to put himself in line for the victory. All of the damage against him came on a three-run homer by Trey Mancini in the third inning. The lefty has pitched 4.1 innings in all three of his starts, allowing two or three runs in each appearance. After allowing a career-low 3.3 BB/9 in 2021, the 24-year-old has walked nine in 13 innings this season. His next start will likely come next weekend against the White Sox.
Suarez didn't factor into the decision Sunday against the Rangers after allowing three runs on five hits and three walks while striking out three across 4.1 innings. Suarez wasn't involved in the decision but took a step back compared to his season debut, as he gave up more runs and more hits than in that outing while failing to complete five innings for the second straight outing. As if that wasn't enough, Suarez has also struggled with his command and owns a 5:7 K:BB across 8.2 innings in 2022. He's tabbed to make his next start Sunday at home against Baltimore.
Suarez (0-1) was handed the loss during Sunday's 4-1 defeat by Houston, allowing two runs on two hits and four walks with two strikeouts in 4.1 innings. Suarez was able to escape a bases-loaded one-out jam in the third but didn't have as much luck in the fifth inning, when reliever Austin Warren allowed both inherited runners to score and put Suarez in line for the loss. Manager Joe Maddon is reluctant to let Suarez through opponents' orders a third time as he's reached six innings in only one of 15 starts over the past two seasons, which severely limits his upside. The 24-year-old lefty is slated to take the hill next Sunday in Texas.
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