The SF Giants continued their slew of recent roster moves by optioning outfielder Steven Duggar and recalling left-handed pitcher Andrew Suarez.
Early Wednesday afternoon, prior to the SF Giants two-game series at home against the Los Angeles Angels, the Giants optioned outfielder Steven Duggar and recalled southpaw Andrew Suarez. Both players have been yo-yo-ing between the active roster, taxi squad, and alternate site
In 2020, Duggar has hit just .105/.150/.158 across 20 plate appearances. Over his career, Duggar has played in 122 games, received 453 plate appearances, scored 49 runs, driven in 47, and managed a .235/.280/.349 triple-slash.
Given the team’s recent defensive struggles in the outfield, Duggar was primarily recalled a couple of days ago to help solidify the team’s depth. However, manager Gabe Kapler told reporters that Austin Slater is just a few days away from being able to return to the outfield. So Duggar’s depth should soon be less necessary.
On the flip side, Suarez should add depth to a bullpen that has been heavily overworked over the last week. This will be Suarez’s third stint on the active roster this season, but he has yet to make an in-game appearance.
Suarez, selected by the Giants in the 2nd round of the 2015 draft, has been developed by the organization as a starter but worked primarily out of the bullpen as a long reliever in 2019. Over his career, Suarez has completed 193 innings in 31 starts and 29 relief appearances. Suarez has a career 4.71 ERA, 7.2 strikeouts per 9 innings, and 2.8 walks per 9 innings.
Suarez is not expected to make any starts but is a prime candidate to throw a multi-inning outing in a blowout. With that said, his stuff has flashed the ability to handle a high-leverage outing at times. Given the team’s well-known bullpen struggles, it wouldn’t be totally unforeseen to see him get some more standard bullpen outings as well.