Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Ranger Suarez is one step closer to returning to the Big Leagues. The left-hander scattered four hits and one run on Sunday to lead the Lehigh Valley IronPigs to an 8-4 victory over the Syracuse Mets in International League play.
Suarez, who was expected to pitch four innings and around 65 pitches, earned the “W” after throwing a mere 48-pitches in the aforementioned five frames. He touched around 94 MPH with excellent command. Suarez will likely start for the Phillies next weekend against the Colorado Rockies, per multiple reports.
Here’s the latest news and notes on the Phillies injuries as updated by the ballclub:
LHP Ranger Suarez (left elbow strain)– Suarez will make another rehab start with Triple-A Lehigh Valley on May 7 at Syracuse (Blue Jays). If all goes well, Suarez will rejoin the rotation according to Phils’ skipper Rob Thomson. The lefty has made two rehab outings to date allowing one hit and one walk over four innings.
Expected Return: week of May 8
RHP Andrew Bellatti (right triceps tendinitis)- Bellatti threw live batting practice earlier this week in Clearwater, FL. He will make two scheduled rehab appearances, May 5 and May 7, both in Clearwater before continuing his rehab with Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Uh oh. Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Ranger Suarez has suffered a setback in his return from injury according to MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki. Suarez, who has been out of action since feeling pain in his left forearm during the World Baseball Classic, experienced inflammation in his left elbow prior to a scheduled bullpen session on Wednesday. There is no structural damage according to the team.