Suzuki failed to reach base in three plate appearances Wednesday against interleague opponent Oakland.
Suzuki started in centerfield for just his eighth start of the season, one day after starting and splitting time between left and center Tuesday. Despite making two consecutive starts, Father Time seems to have caught up to Suzuki and will most likely prevent him from any meaningful or consistent playing time in a crowded outfield that consists of young stars Christian Yelich and Giancarlo Stanton.
Suzuki went 2-for-4 with his first homer of the year in Wednesday's road loss to the Mariners.
It was a garbage-time homer with the Marlins down 10-4 and no one on base, but it was still a great moment for Ichiro, who spent 12 remarkable years in Seattle. This could have been his last MLB game at Safeco Field (where he hadn't appeared since 2014 until this series), but you never know -- he doesn't seem all that inclined to retire after this season ends. That said, he's hitting just .158 in the early going while serving as the Marlins' fourth outfielder.
Suzuki went 0-for-3 with three groundouts in Monday's 6-1 loss to the Mariners.
The hitless performance dropped Suzuki's average to .067 (1-for-15) on the young season, and he's also struck out six times in 15 plate appearances. The 43-year-old former batting champion isn't a starter and can't do much with the bat in the twilight of his career. He'll probably steal a few bags here and there, but he's mainly a bench option in deep NL-only affairs.
Suzuki went 2-for-3 in Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals.
The future Hall of Famer had a slow start to the spring following an outfield collision, but Suzuki is now hitting .316/.325/.342 through 38 at-bats. The 43-year-old will serve as the Marlins' fourth outfielder once again this season, with his playing time largely tied to Giancarlo Stanton's health.
Suzuki tweaked his back earlier in the spring following a minor outfield collision, and the Marlins have been limiting the veteran's workload accordingly. His entry into the lineup at DH on Sunday seemingly implies he's in little danger of missing the start of the regular season, and it shouldn't be long before he sees time in the corner outfield again. Suzuki figures to open the season as the Marlins' fourth outfielder, with most of his starts coming when one of Marcell Ozuna, Giancarlo Stanton or Christian Yelich needs a maintenance day.