Because he has a reputation for working well with pitchers, Kurt Suzuki continues to hold down a regular job in the majors even though he provides little of value to Fantasy owners. His best skill offensively is that he rarely strikes out, which does give him some low-end appeal in points leagues, but at age 32, he's never losing that "low-end" designation. Even when he appeared to break free early in 2014, hitting .309 in the first half to earn a trip to the All-Star game, he predictably came back down to earth, hitting .244 in the year and a half since. He's an OK choice late in AL-only leagues, particularly two-catcher formats, but then again, just about anyone getting regular at-bats is.
Suzuki will likely find himself in a spring training battle for the starting catcher job now that the Twins have acquired John Ryan Murphy from the Yankees in exchange for Aaron Hicks. As the incumbent Suzuki may be perceived to have a bit of an advantage, but Murphy had the edge in batting average, OBP, slugging percentage, wOBA, and wRC+ last season, so as long as the Twins view the defense as comparable, Suzuki could see a noticeable dip in playing time.
Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki is not in the lineup Monday against the Indians, LaVelle E. Neal of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Suzuki had started each of the previous seven games, so he'll get a day off Monday. Chris Herrmann will fill in behind the plate and bat eighth in his absence.
Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki is not in the lineup for Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader with the Angels, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. This comes as no surprise as Suzuki caught Game 1, going 1-for-4 with an RBI in the Twins' 4-3 loss. Chris Herrmann will catch for Mike Pelfrey in the nightcap.
Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki had to leave Wednesday's game after sustaining a left knee injury, reports the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Suzuki suffered a knee bruise and is considered day to day. He was 2 for 4 with a solo home run before exiting.
Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki isn't in the starting lineup for Sunday's game. Suzuki has started 68 games behind the plate this season and six of the last seven. Eric Fryer gets his second start of the season in Suzuki's place.