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.
With Clayton Kershaw (back) taking the ball for Los Angeles, Suzuki will cede a start despite batting .300 in 11 games since his last day off at the end of August. Jeff Francouer will enter the Miami outfield for the evening in his place.
Suzuki is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Padres, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
The 42-year-old has been playing close to every day since Giancarlo Stanton hit the DL, but Suzuki will give way to trade acquisition Jeff Francoeur in right field Friday. Suzuki may remain the primary option at the position but he's been in a funk lately (.208/.263/.340 in August) and may move into more of an even timeshare if he doesn't pick it up soon.
Suzuki is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Pirates.
Marcell Ozuna will take over in right field Friday in place of Suzuki, who is getting the day off against Gerrit Cole. Suzuki had started five straight games heading into Friday, going 4-for-17 in that span with one triple and seven strikeouts.