Phillies Spring Training: Ranger Suarez Suffers a Setback, Opening Week Debut in Doubt

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Uh oh.  Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Ranger Suarez has suffered a setback in his return from injury according to’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. 

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Philadelphia Phillies Injury Updates: Suarez and Stubbs Progressing Towards Opening Day

Mar 12, 2023; Miami, Florida, USA; Israel third baseman Garrett Stubbs (21) hits a two-run double during the eighth inning against Nicaragua at LoanDepot Park. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Phillies updated the injury status of multiple players on Thursday afternoon including starting pitcher Ranger Suarez and backup catcher Garrett Stubbs.  

Suarez, who returned from the 2023 World Baseball Classic due to left forearm tenderness, played long toss on Thursday morning in Clearwater.  The Phils’ lefty will be re-evaluated on Friday, March 17 and will begin ramping up towards the regular season if he is pain free.  Phillies manager Rob Thomson told the media Suarez will be limited if he is deemed ready to go by the first week of the season. 

Stubbs injured his knee playing for Israel in the 2023 World Baseball Classic.  A March 15 MRI revealed a sprained right knee, an injury that is not deemed serious.  The Phillies expect Stubbs to be completely healthy before Opening Day and to assume the backup role to J.T. Realmuto.  

In other injury news, the Phillies have shut down LHP Cristoperher Sanchez and RHP Nick Nelson with no timetable to return.  

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Ranger Suarez Named Best Defensive Pitcher in Baseball

Due to a dumb innings pitched/played rule, Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Ranger Suarez is ineligible to win a Rawlings Gold Glove Award.  However, Suarez’s fielding prowess –he’s considered by many to be the best in baseball– has finally been recognized as –wait for it– the best in baseball.  

Suarez has been named the 2022 Fielding Bible Defensive Pitcher of the Year as voted on by Sports Info Solutions. SIS is the one of the leading baseball analytic sites on the web and includes voters such as Peter Gammons, Bill James, Hal Richman, and Eduardo Perez. 

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