Suarez will start Monday's game and be a starting pitcher going forward, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports.
The lefty will throw about three innings in his first big-league start since 2018 and will build up for a larger workload. The acquisition of Ian Kennedy meant Suarez would no longer be the primary closer, and the Phillies feel he can be more useful as a replacement for the struggling Matt Moore.
Suarez (5-3) earned the win during the second game of Thursday's doubleheader against the Nationals after allowing one unearned run on two hits and a walk across one inning. He struck out two.
Suarez pitched the eighth inning, and while he allowed three baserunners, he still ended being credited with the win after Brad Miller smashed a walkoff grand slam in the bottom of the eighth. Suarez has gone just 4-for-7 in save chances this season but has allowed just two earned runs over his last 10 appearances and owns a 1.59 ERA in that span.
Suarez struck out one in a perfect third of an inning to earn the save against Atlanta on Sunday.
Right-hander Aaron Nola came within one strike of a complete game Sunday, but Suarez entered with two outs in the ninth inning after Austin Riley brought the game within one run with his solo homer. The 25-year-old struck out the only batter he faced to earn his fourth save of the year. Across nine appearances since the start of July, the southpaw has notched a win and four saves with a 1.74 ERA and 1.06 WHIP in 10.1 innings.
Suarez (4-3) allowed one run (none earned) on one hit across one inning to take the loss Wednesday against the Yankees.
Suarez entered the game with the score tied and one out in the bottom of the ninth with runners on second and third. He managed to get out of the jam without allowing a run, sending the game to extra innings. He remained in the game for the bottom of the 10th frame, when he surrendered a single that ended the game due to a runner starting on second base. Suarez has served as the team's primary closer across the last few weeks, and he's largely been successful in the role. Given that strong recent track record and his strong work in the ninth inning, this outing isn't likely to affect his ability to earn save chances moving forward.
Suarez struck out three and allowed one hit over a scoreless inning in the first game of Friday's doubleheader against the Marlins en route to his third save.
He has now logged five straight scoreless appearances and has recorded a save in three of his last four appearances, seemingly grabbing hold of the closer role in Philadelphia. Jose Alvarado and Hector Neris went unused in Friday's twin bill, while Archie Bradley logged 1.2 scoreless frames in front of Suarez in the matinee.
Suarez earned the save Sunday against the Red Sox after firing 2.1 scoreless innings, allowing one hit and two walks while fanning four.
It was an unconventional save for Suarez, who recorded the final seven outs of the game with 45 pitches (27 strikes). Suarez now has two saves this season while striking out six across 3.1 innings in those two outings. However, he has gone just 2-for-4 in save chances during the 2021 season. The fact he owns an impressive 0.83 ERA across 32.2 innings this year would seem to suggest there might be more late-inning duties for him in the future, though.
Suarez pitched a clean ninth inning with one strikeout to earn the save Saturday against the Padres.
Suarez was tasked with nailing down a 4-2 lead and was able to retire Fernando Tatis, Jake Cronenworth and Manny Machado in order. It was the first major-league save for the 25-year-old Suarez, who has been a bright spot in a disastrous Philadelphia bullpen. He's 4-2 in 19 appearances with a 0.85 ERA and 0.69 WHIP while logging a 29:8 K:BB over 31.2 innings. The Phillies are desperate for stability in the late innings, and Suarez likely earned himself another opportunity the next time a save chance presents itself.
Manager Joe Girardi said following Wednesday's loss to the Marlins that Suarez was not available to pitch due to back spasms, Scott Lauber of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Per Matt Gelb of The Athletic, the back issues arose during pregame activities. It's not clear if the back spasms could potentially sideline Suarez past Wednesday, but the club figures to provide an update on the reliever prior to Thursday's series finale.
Suarez (3-2) allowed an unearned run on a hit and a walk in a third of an inning to take the loss against the Mets in the first game of Friday's doubleheader.
Suarez was brought on to begin the eighth inning of Friday's matinee, so he began his outing with a runner on second base. He issued an intentional walk to lead off the inning but gave up a walkoff single to the next batter he faced. The southpaw has now been charged with losses in two of his last four appearances, but he's still posted a 0.66 ERA and 0.70 WHIP in 27.1 innings across 16 relief outings this year.
Suarez (2-1) allowed one run on one hit and two walks while striking out a batter over 1.1 innings as he took the loss against the Dodgers on Tuesday.
Suarez entered with two outs in the sixth and registered a quick strikeout to get out of the inning. He came back out to face the top of the Dodger lineup and surrendered a leadoff solo home run to Mookie Betts, which broke a 3-3 tie. It was the first homer he's given up this season and the second straight outing in which he's given up a run after starting the season with 20.1 scoreless frames. He still owns an outstanding 0.79 ERA and 0.66 WHIP to go along with a 19:6 K:BB over 22.2 innings.
Suarez (2-0) earned the win in relief Wednesday against Atlanta after tossing three scoreless innings, fanning three.
Suarez had a daunting task since he had to pitch following an impressive six-inning outing from Zach Eflin, but he looked dominant out of the bullpen and secured his second win of the campaign. The left-hander has been stellar this season and has yet to give up a run in 11 appearances (20.1 innings).
Suarez (1-0) earned the win in relief Saturday against the Nationals after tossing three scoreless innings while fanning three.
Suarez piggybacked Spencer Howard's start and looked impressive on the mound, but he's been pitching extremely well all season long. The left-hander has yet to allow an earned run this season and owns an impressive 15:4 K:BB through 17.1 innings (10 appearances).
Suarez was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Thursday, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Suarez didn't throw a pitch during spring training due to visa issues and a quadriceps injury. He's built up to full speed now and will fill the bullpen spot that had belonged to fellow southpaw Jojo Romero, who landed on the injured list with a sprained elbow in a corresponding move. With a career 4.66 ERA and 18.0 percent strikeout rate in 67.2 major-league innings, Suarez likely won't be handling high-leverage innings anytime soon.
Suarez (quadriceps) was optioned to minor-league camp Tuesday, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.
Suarez hasn't thrown a pitch in Grapefruit League action this spring, as he was delayed first by visa issues and then by a quadriceps injury. He could return to the active roster at some point this season, though his career 4.66 ERA in 67.2 innings at the highest level suggests he's best suited for a lower-leverage role.
Suarez tweaked his quadriceps in recent days and will be sidelined for at least a week, Scott Lauber of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Suarez was delayed by visa issues when he attempted to report to camp and is now further slowed by the injury. It's possible the missed time will take him out of consideration for an Opening Day bullpen spot.
Suarez has yet to arrive at camp due to visa issues, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Suarez is one of five Phillies absent for that reason, as the ongoing coronavirus pandemic interferes with international travel. If the delay lasts too long it would mean the lefty won't have time to ramp up as a starter, though he was always a long shot at best to open the season in a big-league rotation spot. Suarez will stand a decent chance at winning a bullpen role but isn't a lock to do so.
Suarez was recalled by the Phillies on Friday.
Suarez joined the team for Tuesday's doubleheader but didn't make an appearance and was optioned the next day. He's made just three appearances for the Phillies this season, allowing nine runs in four innings while striking out one and walking four.
The Phillies optioned Suarez to their alternate training site Wednesday.
Despite being designated as the 29th man for Tuesday's doubleheader with the Nationals, Suarez went unused in both contests. With no more twin bills on the Phillies' schedule the rest of the regular season, Suarez won't be eligible to rejoin the big club unless another player is placed on the injured list in a corresponding move.
Suarez will be the 29th man for Tuesday's doubleheader against the Nationals, Scott Lauber of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
The Phillies have yet to announce their starter for the nightcap, so the opportunity could well go to Suarez if he isn't needed in relief in the afternoon game. He hasn't thrown more than two innings in any of his appearances thus far this season, however, so if he does pitch first in the evening game, he'll likely be more of an opener than a true starter. He's allowed nine runs on 10 hits in four innings of relief this season, striking out one while walking four.
Suarez was optioned to the Phillies' alternate training site Monday.
Suarez struggled mightily in three outings since returning from the COVID-19 injured list, allowing nine runs on 10 hits and four walks while striking out one over four innings. The southpaw will attempt to improve at alternate camp, and it's unclear whether he'll return to the major-league bullpen with just two weeks remaining in the regular season.
|Last 7 Games|
|07/29||vs WAS||W 11-8||1||1.0||2||0||1||2|
|07/25||vs ATL||W 2-1||1||0.1||0||0||0||1|
|07/23||vs ATL||W 5-1||1.0||0||0||1||0|
|07/21||@ NYY||L 5-6||1||1.0||1||0||0||0|
|07/16||vs MIA||W 5-2||1||1.0||1||0||0||3|
|07/11||@ BOS||W 5-4||1||2.1||1||0||2||4|
|07/08||@ CHC||W 8-0||1.0||0||0||1||2|
|More Pitching Stats|
|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2018||AAX-Reading Fightin Phil||75.0||12||12||1||4||3||0||54||20||64||2.76||1.120|
|2018||AAA-Lehigh Valley IronPi||49.1||9||9||0||2||0||0||31||15||48||2.75||1.283|
|2019||AAA-Lehigh Valley IronPi||38.0||7||7||0||2||2||0||32||10||41||5.68||1.342|