Suzuki went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run and a hit-by-pitch in Friday's 5-4 loss to Minnesota. The catcher's first-inning blast off Minnesota starter J.A. Happ stretched the Angels' lead to 3-0. Suzuki is now 6-for-23 across his last six games, dating back to July 4. The 37-year-old is clearly in a backup role behind Max Stassi, but Suzuki has a modest .223/.301/.317 slash line with three homers, nine RBI and 11 runs scored across 158 plate appearances this year.
Suzuki went 1-for-4 with a base hit Monday in the Angels' 4-1 loss to the Athletics. The veteran backstop has been remarkably consistent through each of his five starts in July, recording exactly one base hit in all of those games. He'll be back on the bench Tuesday, and Suzuki can't be counted to pick up more than two or three starts per week while No. 1 catcher Max Stassi is healthy.
Suzuki (undisclosed) is back in the starting lineup Sunday against the Rays, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports. Suzuki exited Wednesday's game against the Giants with an undisclosed issue and hadn't played since. He appears to be okay as he'll bat eighth and catch Sunday.
Suzuki (undisclosed) was removed from Wednesday's game against the Giants after getting hit in the mask with a foul ball, Kerry Crowley of The San Jose Mercury News reports. Taylor Ward replaced Suzuki as the catcher in Wednesday's extra-innings affair. Details about Suzuki's condition should be disclosed following the game.
Suzuki will start behind the plate and bat fifth Thursday against the Tigers. Suzuki will start for the second time in the last three games. He briefly battled a leg injury last week but appears to be back to full health. Max Stassi will be on the bench as a result.