The San Francisco Giants have made another roster move, which is something we’re all getting used to on a daily basis now. Left-handed pitcher Andrew Suárez has been recalled, after starting the season at the Alternate Training Site (and being on the taxi squad for the only road series of the year).
He replaces right-handed pitcher Andrew Triggs, who was optioned. Triggs will head to the three-person taxi squad that will travel with the team to Colorado, Los Angeles, and Houston.
ROSTER MOVES:— SFGiants (@SFGiants) August 3, 2020
• RHP Andrew Triggs optioned to the Alternate Training Site. He will be on the ML Taxi Squad.
• LHP Andrew Suarez recalled from the Alternate Site.#SFGiants
Triggs’ stint on the roster didn’t last long at all, as he was added on Sunday after left-handed pitcher Drew Smyly was placed on the Injured List. He got into the game but struggled mightily, walking three of the four batters he faced, and throwing just three strikes in 16 pitches.
Suárez, the Giants second-round pick in 2015, might start on Thursday against the Colorado Rockies, which is the game Smyly was scheduled to start. Or the Giants may use him like they did Triggs, bringing him out of the bullpen and figuring the rest out later.
The 25-year-old lefty started 29 games for the Giants in 2018, accruing an ERA of 4.49 and an FIP of 4.30. He had 130 strikeouts and 45 walks in 160.1 innings.
He had a smaller role in 2019, starting two games and appearing in relief 19 times. He also struggled, having a 5.79 ERA and a 5.85 FIP, with 25 strikeouts and 14 walks in 32.2 innings.
Giants starting pitchers have struggled so far this year, so we’ll see if Suárez can help turn things around if given the chance.