Harm Notes: Suarez, Soto, Montas

Phillies has placed the starter Ranger Suarez is on the list of 15 days injured for lower back spasm, effective June 30, every club. The Phillies boasted one of the healthier spins this season before losing both Suarez and Zach Eflin to the injured list this week. A corresponding roster change is likely to be made ahead of Tuesday’s game against the Nationals. The Phillies have a day off tomorrow to set up their rotation. In other trauma news…

  • John Soto left the Nationals’ game today with an obvious hamstring injury. It was later revealed that the tightening in Soto’s left calf caused him to leave. He will have an MRI and be reevaluated tomorrow, according to Mark Zuckerman of MASNsports.com (via Twitter). Obviously, the National team to lose Soto for any length of time would be heartbreaking. Even with him, the Nats don’t hold out much hope for a post-season role, but Soto remains the best and brightest attraction at Nats Park.
  • Athletics warm up Frankie Montas left the start today early after seeing the pace drop, by Martin Gallegos of MLB.com. Gallegos noted: Montas’ heater was 2.4 mph slower than usual, while his submersible was 2.7 mph slower than average. The initial diagnosis was inflammation, report Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle, but they will need more time to evaluate. Not only is Montas Oakland’s nominal trump card, but he’s also one of the more sought-after shooters when it comes to the August 2 trade deadline. A significant injury to his arm is evident. will obviously derail any plans to use rights as a trading trump card.

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