Suarez available for Phillies in Game 6 vs. Astros

by Daryn Albert - Ranger Suarez will be available in relief of Zack Wheeler in Saturday's Game 6, Phillies manager Rob Thompson said.

Ranger Suarez available for Phillies in Game 6 of World Series 8:53 PM ET Alden GonzalezESPN Staff Writer Close ESPN baseball reporter. Covered the L.A. Rams for ESPN from 2016 to 2018 and the L.A. Angels for MLB.com from 2012 to 2016. HOUSTON -- Philadelphia Phillies manager Rob Thomson said he plans to have Ranger Suarez available out of the bullpen in relief of Zack Wheeler in Saturday's Game 6, a must-win game given the Houston Astros ' 3-2 advantage in this World Series. Wheeler experienced a slight dip in fastball velocity during his Game 2 start, going from around 97 mph in four prior postseason starts to about 95, and ultimately gave up five runs (four earned) in five innings. The Phillies later said Wheeler was experiencing arm fatigue, prompting the Phillies to push him back to Game 6 to give him two additional days of rest. Editor's Picks McCormick's epic catch stuns Phils, saves Astros 17h Alden Gonzalez Surprise! How a struggling Phillies defense became a playoff asset 6h Bradford Doolittle 2 Related Wheeler, speaking via video conference during Friday's travel day, threw his between-starts bullpen session on Thursday and said he "felt good." "I think we're on track," Wheeler added. Suarez is lined up on the typical four days rest to start a potential Game 7 on Sunday, but Aaron Nola will get that start in what will evolve into something of a bullpen game, given that Nola will be on short rest, Thomson said. The Phillies effectively used Suarez as a reliever in their Game 1 victory, bringing him into the seventh inning and watching him strike out Yordan Alvarez . His Game 6 usage will probably be more prolonged, given the concerns around Wheeler's durability. The Astros have a much clearer picture with a recently dominant Framber Valdez lined up on six days' rest for Game 6 -- but they're uncertain about first base. Yuli Gurriel awkwardly turned his right knee after slipping during a rundown in Thursday's seventh inning and came out of the game. Astros manager Dusty Baker didn't have an update on Gurriel's condition during his availability early Friday, but Gurriel said after Thursday's game that he was hopeful of playing on Saturday -- at least as the designated hitter. "I hope so," Gurriel, speaking in Spanish, said late Thursday night. "I still feel a little sore, and I think I'll be even more sore [on Friday]. But I'm hopeful that on Saturday I can be in the lineup."