Suzuki will relinquish his active roster spot to be a special assistant to the chairman for the Mariners for the remainder of the season. This announcement came out of nowhere, though it makes some sense given the limited playing time the Japanese legend received since Ben Gamel returned to action. Suzuki hit .205 with five runs scored in 47 plate appearances this season. It's unclear if this is a full retirement, but he certainly has produced an impressive career if he does decide to call it quits for good.
Suzuki went 2-for-3 with a pair of walks in Sunday's loss to the Rangers. It was Suzuki's first start in five games, as he's transitioned to a reserve role with the return of Ben Gamel. Suzuki was ever much of a power hitter, but at this point, the 44-year-old has become purely a singles hitter: All of his hits this year have been one-baggers.
Suzuki is not in the lineup Monday against the Astros, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports. With the Mariners facing the left-handed Dallas Keuchel, Suzuki will head to the bench as the team looks to get another righty in the lineup. Guillermo Heredia will start in left field and hit seventh while Suzuki heads to the bench.
Suzuki is not in the lineup Sunday against the A's, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Suzuki will head to the bench after going a combined 1-for-7 in his past two starts. Guillermo Heredia takes over in left field, batting seventh.
Suzuki is not in the lineup against the Royals on Wednesday, Shannon Drayer of MyNorthwest.com reports. Suzuki will remain on the bench for the second consecutive outing as Guillermo Heredia receives another start in left field. With Ben Gamel (oblique) nearing activation, it's expected that Suzuki will fully transition to a reserve role.