Injury Notes: Suarez, Soto, Montas

The Phillies have placed starter Ranger Suarez on the 15-day injured list due to low back cramps, retroactive to June 30, by the club† The Phillies had one of the healthier rotations this season before losing both Suarez and . lost Zach Eflin this week on the injured list. A corresponding roster move is likely to be made for Tuesday’s game against the Nationals. The Phillies have a day off tomorrow to set up their rotation. In other injury news…

  • John Soto left today’s game with an apparent hamstring injury. It was later revealed that Soto’s left calf was constricted causing his departure. He will undergo an MRI and be re-evaluated tomorrow, according to Mark Zuckerman of (via Twitter† It would obviously be crushing for the Nationals to lose Soto for some time. Even with him, the Nats don’t have much hope for post-season play, but Soto remains the best and brightest attraction in Nats Park.
  • Athletics starter Frankie Montas left today’s start early after seeing a drop in speed, according to’s Martin Gallegos. Montas’s heating was 2.4 mph slower than normal, while his sinker was an average of 2.7 mph slower, Gallegos notes. The first diagnosis is inflammation, reports Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle, but they need more time to evaluate. Not only is Montas Oakland’s nominal ace, but he is one of the most sought-after weapons when it comes to the August 2 trade deadline. A significant arm injury would, of course, derail any plans to use the righty as a trading vessel.

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