Suzuki is out of the lineup for Saturday's game against the Nationals. With the Braves playing a day game Saturday, Suzuki will take a seat while Tyler Flowers takes over behind the dish. Suzuki has been heating up in May, slashing .333/.400/.762 with two home runs and six RBI over his last 21 at-bats. Still, Suzuki and Flowers are seeing a relatively even split as far as playing time is concerned, which hinders both of their values in one-catcher formats.
Suzuki went 2-for-3 with a double, a homer, a walk, three RBI and two runs against the Blue Jays on Wednesday. This was a rare outburst for Suzuki, who's on the short end of a timeshare behind the plate in Atlanta. That keeps his fantasy value quite limited.
Suzuki is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Nationals, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Suzuki had started the last two games with Tyler Flowers (hamstring) unable to catch due to injury, but he'll concede backstop duties to No. 3 option Anthony Recker on Wednesday. With knuckleballer R.A. Dickey on the mound Thursday, Suzuki, Dickey's personal catcher, should be in store for another start in the series finale, but it's expected that Flowers will be back behind the plate at some point over the weekend. Once that materializes, Suzuki probably won't be in line for regular at-bats.
Suzuki went 0-for-1 with two walks and an RBI during Saturday's start against the Pirates, but he also committed three passed balls trying to catch R.A. Dickey's knuckleball. The battery was paired together often during the spring in an effort to acclimate Suzuki to the pitch, but apparently he's got a lot of work to do yet. If he ends up losing his spot as Dickey's regular catcher, it would put a big dent in Suzuki's playing time and fantasy value.
Suzuki is in the Braves' Friday lineup batting eighth, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports. The backstop continues to make Atlanta's positional picture a frustrating timeshare. The more promising Tyler Flowers sits again. It'll be interesting to see which pitchers Atlanta wants to pair with Suzuki -- perhaps Friday starter Mike Foltynewicz included -- which could develop a pattern for his usage moving forward.
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