Angels to promote prospect Jose Suarez to pitch Sunday in Seattle

first_img Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter JC Ramírez reported to Ausmus that he felt good after his rehab outing on Thursday night at Class-A Inland Empire. Ramírez threw 35 pitches in the game and then another 25 in the bullpen to reach his scheduled 60. Ausmus said Ramírez is next scheduled to pitch at Triple-A Salt Lake. …Kevan Smith, who is on the concussion list, “felt good today,” Ausmus said. Smith had a setback earlier this week, taking a couple of days off before resuming activity on Thursday. He won’t be activated before Tuesday, at the earliest, Ausmus said.UP NEXTAngels (LHP Andrew Heaney 0-0, 3.60) vs. Mariners (LHP Tommy Milone, 1-1, 3.38), Saturday, 4 p.m., Fox/Ch. 11 Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone “He had one rough outing in Triple-A but other than that he’s been outstanding,” Ausmus said. “The changeup has always been a pitch. The breaking balls have improved quite a bit since last summer. It’s no secret we’ve always liked the guy.”Last season, Suarez rose from Class-A to Double-A to Triple-A, combining for a 3.92 ERA with 142 strikeouts in 117 innings.He was added to the 40-man roster over the winter, but he missed most of his first big league camp with a shoulder issue. He pitched a scoreless inning in his only outing in a big league spring training game.Once he began his season at Triple-A, he posted a 1.86 ERA through his first four starts. Although the Angels needed a pitcher Tuesday in Oakland, they instead turned to Nick Tropeano. Ausmus said Suarez wasn’t even considered because “I’d like him to get a little more work down there.”A second rotation opening in a week opened when they decided to push Cahill back a day, to start on Monday in a makeup game against the Cubs in Chicago. Ausmus said they moved Cahill back just to give him an extra day of rest during this 20-game stretch with no off days, not because of his recent results.center_img Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros SEATTLE — The Angels will promote left-hander José Suarez to make his major league debut Sunday against the Seattle Mariners, meaning the Angels’ top two pitching prospects will both be in the majors.Suarez might be up for just one game to fill a hole created by the Angels’ desire to give Trevor Cahill an extra day of rest. For at least a day, though, Suarez will join Griffin Canning, the team’s consensus top pitching prospect, in the majors.Suarez, 21, has a 3.91 ERA at Triple-A Salt Lake, with 20 strikeouts and 11 walks in 23 innings. He would be coming off his worst start of the season, a game in which he gave up six runs in 3-2/3 innings against Tacoma, the Triple-A affiliate of the Seattle team he’ll face Sunday.Manager Brad Ausmus said Friday that he could not yet comment on their pitching plans for Sunday, but he spoke in general about Suarez. NO PUELLOCesar Puello was not in the lineup on Friday, despite having six hits and two homers in his previous two games.Ausmus instead went with the left-handed hitter Brian Goodwin over the right-handed hitting Puello against Seattle righty Mike Leake.“My view is generally over the long haul you play them when they’re supposed to be playing and you’ll get the most production out of them,” Ausmus said. “It’s a balance, but I look at it in the big picture. Puello has been outstanding and very well could hit Mike Leake tonight, but I’m going to go with the odds. Play the odds.”Friday’s game was also the only game in a five-game span in which the Angels were facing a righty, so Puello is likely to play at least three in a row, starting Saturday.ALSOA night after Jake Jewell threw 2-2/3 scoreless innings, he was optioned so the Angels could bring up a fresh arm. They recalled John Curtiss for his second stint in the majors this season. Curtiss had been removed from the 40-man roster after his last demotion, so in order to create a spot to put him back on the roster they designated right-hander Matt Ramsey for assignment. …Related Articles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield last_img

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