SEATTLE — The Angels will promote left-hander José Suarez to make his major league debut Sunday against the Seattle Mariners, according to a source, meaning the Angels’ top two pitching prospects will both be in the majors.
Although Suarez may be up for just one start, he 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.
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. Manager Brad Ausmus said Suarez wasn’t even considered because “I’d like him to get a little more work down there.”
The Angels developed another hole in their rotation for Sunday when they decided to push struggling Trevor Cahill back one day to start Monday in a makeup game against the Cubs in Chicago.
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