St. Louis Cardinals Sign Pitcher After Two-Year MLB Hiatus

He hasn't pitched in the big leagues since 2020, but after spending time playing in Korea and Japan, 30-year-old left-hander Andrew Suarez is back in the majors, having signed a minor league deal with the St. Louis Cardinals with an invite to spring training. 

Suarez spent three years in the majors with the San Francisco Giants from 2018-2020, posting a 4.66 ERA with a 1.36 WHIP. His control completely deserted him in '20, as he issued more walks than strikeouts, posting a 5:6 K/BB ratio in just 9.2 innings. 

He took his talents to the Korean Baseball Organization for 2021 and found his niche, pitching to a 2.18 ERA in 115 innings as a starter for the LG Twins. He registered a 126:41 K/BB ratio with a 1.14 WHIP and a 10-2 record.

His move to the Nippon Professional Baseball league in Japan in 2022 didn't go as well, however. He struggled to a 6.23 ERA in 21.2 innings with the top Yakult Swallows club. 

He'll likely join the battle for a role in the Cardinals' bullpen at spring training.

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