Ichiro Suzuki collected his 3,000th major league hit as a member of the Marlins in 2016, his age-42 season. While he looked like he might have been finished after hitting just .229 in an injury-ridden 2015, Suzuki rebounded to hit .291 in 327 at-bats in 2016 while filling in for an injured Giancarlo Stanton. Suzuki hit just one home run for the third consecutive season, but he quietly recorded 10 steals, making it 16 straight MLB seasons with double-digit steals. The Marlins picked up Suzuki's option for 2017, and at age 43 he will be the oldest position player in the league by a wide margin. Although Suzuki will likely be a first ballot Hall of Famer someday, he isn't likely to see much playing time in 2017 unless one of the Marlins' starting outfielders goes down with an injury. Even if that path to playing time develops, a reprisal of his surprisingly decent 2016 numbers is the best fantasy owners can realistically hope for from a player his age.
Suzuki (knee) skipped Wednesday's team workout while dealing with soreness from an outfield collision, Craig Davis of the Sun Sentinel reports. He collided with teammate Brandon Barnes on Tuesday during a routine drill, resulting in a sore quadriceps and back. The 43-year-old is known as an ironman, having spent time on the DL only once in his career. Suzuki will spend Wednesday on training machines, but it's clear the injury is nothing too serious.
Suzuki suffered a bruised right knee and also has a stiff back after a collision with a teammate on Tuesday, which will sideline him for a few days, the Miami Herald's Clark Spencer reports. He grazed Brandon Barnes in a minor outfield collision on the practice field, resulting in his first trip to the training room for treatment in his MLB career. Suzuki remained on the field briefly before heading to the clubhouse. He is set to serve as the Marlins' fourth outfielder this season, and this injury will not impact his availability for the start of the season.
Suzuki will once again be the Marlins' fourth outfielder in 2017. The future Hall of Famer reached 3000 hits in MLB last season, but will return to the Marlins' bench for at least one more season after a solid .291/.354/.376 line over 327 at-bats in 2016. Giancarlo Stanton's inability to stay healthy makes Miami's fourth outfielder a more valuable fantasy asset than most other backups, but Suzuki is still only a viable roster option in deep NL-only formats.
Suzuki's 2017 club option was exercised by the Marlins on Wednesday, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports. As expected, the Marlins will bring back the veteran Suzuki, who's owed $2 million next season, for one more year. The soon-to-be-43-year-old appeared in 143 games in 2016, batting .291 with 22 RBI and 10 stolen bases.
Suzuki is not in the lineup for Wednesday's matchup with the Braves, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports. After three straight starts in the outfield, Suzuki will get the day off Wednesday, as the Marlins go with Derek Dietrich in left, Christian Yelich in center and Marcell Ozuna in right.