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.
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.
Susac is undergoing medical examinations in Milwaukee on his neck and back stiffness, and the Brewers hope to know more Friday, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports. Manny Pina has already made the club out of camp, and Susac looks to rank behind Jett Bandy as the next option because of this trapezius injury. Susac carries some offensive potential that had been hidden in San Francisco (Buster Posey's there, after all), though his chance to capitalize on this new opportunity may have to wait.
Susac (trapezius) will not play until Tuesday at the earliest, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Manager Craig Counsell plans to rest Susac at least through Monday's off day. Susac's injury was initially classified as a neck issue, but the Brewers later said that it's more of a right trapezius injury. He's still in the mix for a role behind the plate on Opening Day, but the injury along with Manny Pina's hot spring (and the fact that Pina is out of options) could force Susac to Triple-A to start the year.
Manager David Stearns said Susac remains out with a trapezius issue, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Stearns also confirmed that the 26-year-old is still in the competition for a catching role, where he is pitted against Jett Bandy and Manny Pina. Susac is batting just .192 in 12 Cactus League games while Bandy and Pina are both hitting over .280, so he's got some work to do once he is back in the lineup. Consider him day-to-day until the Brewers note otherwise.
Manager Craig Counsell says Susac (neck) will miss a few more days, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Susac is running out of time to impress the Brewers' brass this spring. The 26-year-old is hitting just .192 in 12 Cactus League games thus far, while his counterparts -- Manny Pina and Jett Bandy -- are both hitting over .300. The main concern for Susac has been strikeouts, as he already has 15 of them in 26 at-bats.