Stuck behind Buster Posey in San Francisco, it should come as no surprise that Andrew Susac has never really had a chance to launch his career. He has been solid at the plate throughout his minor league career, with a .256/.354/.424 batting line over 333 career games, but he doesn't have any standout skills. As such, Susac may be destined for a long career as a major league backup -- he's clearly one of the 60 or so best catchers in the game, but he doesn't have the upside for a team to make him a catcher of the future. That said, with the Brewers in a rebuilding phase, he could have his best chance to win substantial playing time in 2017, working in tandem with offseason acquisition Jett Bandy.
Susac (neck) was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list Saturday and was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs. Susac's assignment to the minors upon return from the disabled list is expected, since he can see regular at-bats in Colorado Springs. He went 1-for-8 with four strikeouts during his rehab assignment.
Susac (neck) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Colorado Springs on Thursday. Susac has been sidelined roughly a month with his neck issue, but he is ready to return to game action. Given the length of his absence he will likely need a few rehab games before he is activated from the disabled list, but even at that point, he will likely remain with Colorado Springs in order to see regular at-bats.
Susac (neck/shoulder) was placed on the 10-day DL on Sunday, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports. An MRI revealed Susac has no structural damage to his trapezius, but the timetable for his return isn't clear.
Susac (neck/shoulder) will be allowed to do some baseball-related activities Tuesday, but is not yet ready to return to game action, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Tom Haudricourt reports. This sounds like it's heading for a DL stint for Susac to open the season, as he would presumably need to get back into game action very soon in order to be ready for the start of the season. Jett Bandy and Manny Pina figure to open the year as the Brewers' tandem behind the dish, but Susac could replace one of them once he is fully healthy.
An MRI revealed Susac has no structural damage to his trapezius, and he may ramp up his rehab as a result, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports. Susac, who spent an arduous two hours in the MRI tube, has lagged behind Manny Pina and Jett Bandy in the Brewers' backstop battle, but this is good news that could minimize the time he misses. Still, considering the work ahead, there's a solid chance of him starting the season in the minors.