By Sam Bush
Left-hander Ranger Suarez, who’d been on Team Venezuela’s roster in the World Baseball Classic, returned to the Phillies due to tightness in his left forearm.
The Phillies believe the injury to be minor and they’re merely exercising caution, but it’s still a notable situation that bears monitoring. He’ll undergo treatment with the club for the time being.
Suarez, 27, has solidified himself as a quality middle-of-the-rotation arm behind aces Nola and Zack Wheeler in recent seasons. He started 29 games for Philadelphia in 2022, pitching to a strong 3.65 ERA with a 19.5% strikeout rate, 8.8% walk rate and 55.4% ground-ball rate.