Injury Update: Rob Thomson on Ranger Suarez
Ranger Suarez is making significant progress and could be back in this Phillies rotation before the end of the month.
According to Rob Thomson, Suarez threw a 35-pitch bullpen session today and used all of his pitches. Thomson said Suarez looked “outstanding”, and the Phillies will make a decision tomorrow about his next step.
Good News on Ranger Suarez
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Suarez hurt his forearm while participating in the World Baseball Classic and hasn’t thrown for the Phillies since.
Coming off a great season and even better playoffs for the Phillies, Suarez was due for an enhanced role in the Phillies rotation this season as the #1 lefty.
Luckily for the Phillies, Matt Strahm has stepped up in the absence of Ranger Suarez, throwing ten scoreless innings in three appearances (two starts) this season for the Fightins.
The Phillies will have a decision to make once Suarez returns regarding who goes back to the bullpen between Strahm and Falter. With the way Strahm has looked so far, it seems like a tough decision to move him out of a starting role, but the Phillies could use another dominant lefty out of the bullpen to pair with Jose Alvarado.
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Aaron Nola gets the start tonight against Jesus Luzardo at 6:40 EST.