SEATTLE — Left-hander José Suarez arrived at T-Mobile Park on Saturday ahead of his Major League debut on Sunday, and the Angels’ No. 5 prospect is excited for the opportunity but hasn’t been told if he’ll start the game or pitch after an opener.
Suarez, 21, will be recalled from
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Suarez, 21, will be recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake on Sunday after posting a 3.91 ERA with 20 strikeouts, 11 walks and two homers allowed in 23 innings there. There’s a chance he’ll make just the one appearance and be sent back down to the Minors, but some of that will depend on how he fares, manager Brad Ausmus said.
“He’s gonna pitch tomorrow, but I’m not sure if he’s going to start,” Ausmus said. “For right now it is [one game], but I don’t know. It’s not etched in stone that it’s one game.”
Suarez said he’s fine either starting or pitching after an opener, but it’s worth noting his lone bad outing came after an opener. He had a 1.86 ERA in four starts before entering following an opener in his most recent outing and struggled, giving up six runs on seven hits over 3 2/3 innings in a loss to Triple-A Tacoma.
“I didn’t feel as focused,” Suarez said through an interpreter. “I never had started a game coming in for the second inning. It was my first time doing that. But I have to get used to whatever situation they put me in.”
Suarez dealt with shoulder soreness that mostly kept him out of action in Spring Training and caused him to miss the first month of the Minor League season. But he said he feels healthy now and has been getting a better feel for his changeup, which is regarded as his best pitch.
“I’ve been working a lot with my changeup,” he said. “Lately, my fastball hasn’t been there in the zone. So I’ve been focusing a lot on the changeup, and it makes my fastball better.”
Listed at 5-foot-10 and 225 pounds, Suarez is baby-faced and affable, but Ausmus said he takes on a different personality on the mound.
“He looks young, but he’s savvy on the mound,” Ausmus said. “He’s got some moxie.”
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