June 7, 2023

Ranger Suarez and Johan Camargo return from IL, pair of first-overall picks optioned to AAA


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Ranger Suarez and Johan Camargo came off the IL after the Phillies defeated the Marlins on Friday night. The Phillies sent down RHP Mark Appel and OF Mickey Moniak. The Phillies look to add two of their main pieces back in the lineup today since Alec Bohm is also back, starting at third base and batting seventh.

Suarez, who will start this afternoon in game two of the Marlins series, had a 4.33 ERA this season before going to the IL with back spasms. He has not performed as well as he did in 2021 but has the potential to return to that form now that he has a clean bill of health.

Johan Camargo is back after a knee injury and looks to return as a key piece of the Phillies’ bench. He has a .230 batting average so far this season with three home runs and 15 RBI. With Camargo on the bench, the Phillies have lots of room to work with and can move him wherever the team needs. He is also the only switch hitter on the 26-man roster.

Mickey Moniak was sent down to triple-A in hopes of finding some success at a lower level. He has had some serious trouble at the plate so far this season. Moniak has a .130 average this season with zero home runs and only two RBI.

Mark Appel is also returning to Lehigh Valley. The fan-favorite has a 1.29 ERA in seven innings pitched. He had lots of success in the majors and should return to the big leagues soon. Unfortunately, there just isn’t a spot for him on the current major-league roster.

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