Suzuki has worked well as Shohei Ohtani's battery mate, and the two could be paired up frequently moving forward, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
Max Stassi was activated from the injured list Thursday and figures to work as the Angels' primary catcher, but Suzuki should still start a few times a week. It appears that he could be a mainstay behind the plate when Ohtani pitches, as Maddon "values familiarity" with the flamethrowing hurler. Suzuki has fared well enough at the dish this season to warrant continued playing time, slashing .243/.326/.351 with a home run and four RBI.
Suzuki is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Rangers.
He's been swinging a hot bat, hitting .320 with one home run and three strikeouts over his last 25 at-bats. Anthony Bemboom will start behind the dish and hit ninth.
Suzuki is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Astros.
Suzuki recently picked up an elbow injury, but he was able to start behind the plate in Saturday's 16-2 loss, going 0-for-2 while reaching base on a hit by pitch. He'll cede catching duties to Anthony Bemboom in the series finale.
Suzuki (elbow) is starting Saturday's game against the Astros.
Suzuki missed Friday's game due to an elbow injury, but he'll start behind the dish and bat eighth Saturday. In his last four games, Suzuki has gone 3-for-14 with a home run, three RBI and three strikeouts.
Suzuki (elbow) is not in the lineup Friday against the Astros, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
Manager Joe Maddon said Thursday he expected Suzuki to return to Friday's lineup, but the veteran backstop is apparently still battling his elbow issue. Anthony Bemboom will start behind the plate and bat ninth for the Halos.
Suzuki isn't starting Wednesday's game against the Rangers.
Suzuki was in the starting lineup in each of the last three games and went 3-for-11 with a home run and three RBI. Anthony Bemboom will take over behind the plate Wednesday, batting eighth.
Suzuki went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run Tuesday in the Angels' 6-2 win over the Rangers.
Though he's in his age-37 season, Suzuki has proven himself to be one of the better offensive catchers in baseball over the past half decade. The Angels envision him filling more of a part-time role in 2021, but he'll be in store for the bulk of the starts behind the dish while Max Stassi (thumb) is on the injured list. Considering Stassi has yet to resume catching workouts, Suzuki should benefit from at least one more week as the Angels' No. 1 backstop.
Suzuki isn't starting Saturday's game against the Twins, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
Suzuki went 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts in Friday's series opener against Minnesota. Anthony Bemboom will take over behind the dish Saturday, batting ninth.
Suzuki isn't starting Wednesday's game against the Royals.
Suzuki had started each of the last two games and went 3-for-4 with a double, one run and one RBI. However, Anthony Bemboom will take over behind the plate Wednesday, batting eighth.
Suzuki is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Blue Jays.
Suzuki and Max Stassi have alternated turns behind the plate sine April 3, with both backstops picking up four starts apiece. Off to a 1-for-12 start while striking out seven times, Suzuki hasn't made an early case for earning more work at Stassi's expense.
Suzuki is slashing .250/.368/.250 with two RBI across nine Cactus League games.
Suzuki has struck out only once in his 16 at-bats, but he has yet to collect an extra-base hit. He's likely to back up Max Stassi behind the plate for the Angels this season.
Suzuki signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Angels on Friday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
The 37-year-old is nearing the end of his career, but he still appears to have another productive season or two left in his bat. Four of the top five seasons of his 14-year career (by wRC+) have come in the last four years, including a respectable .270/.349/.396 showing last season. He's been a poor defender for quite some time now, though, so he'll need to keep hitting if he's to carve out regular at-bats. He appears set to split time behind the plate with Max Stassi this season.
Suzuki isn't in Wednesday's lineup against the Phillies.
Suzuki went 1-for-4 with one strikeout in the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader, but he'll hit the bench once again for the series finale. Yan Gomes will start at catcher.
Suzuki will sit for the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Phillies.
As usual, Suzuki won't be tasked with catching two games on one day. Yan Gomes starts the afternoon contest, but Suzuki will presumably get the nod in the nightcap.
Suzuki went 2-for-5 with a home run, double, walk and three RBI between both halves of the Nationals' doubleheader split with the Marlins on Sunday.
Yan Gomes drew the start behind the dish in the Nationals' 2-1 loss in the early game, but Suzuki was summoned from the bench as a pinch hitter. While he didn't come through with a hit in the first game, Suzuki was one of several Washington hitters to catch fire in the team's 15-0 win in the nightcap. On the heels of his big day at the plate, Suzuki will start again in Monday's series opener versus the Phillies, but expect him and Gomes to split the catching workload relatively evenly during the final week of the regular season.
Suzuki is not in the lineup Saturday against the Marlins.
Suzuki sits for the third time in the last four games and the sixth time in the last nine contests. Yan Gomes starts behind the plate in his absence.
Suzuki will sit for the first half of Friday's doubleheader against the Marlins.
While Suzuki has started the majority of games behind the plate in Washington this season, it's been by the slimmest of margins, as he's gotten the call 25 times compared to 23 for Yan Gomes. Gomes starts the afternoon game, but Suzuki will likely return for the nightcap.
Suzuki is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Rays.
He is hitting .250 with zero home runs in 28 at-bats this month. Yan Gomes will start behind the dish while hitting sixth.
Suzuki isn't in Saturday's lineup against Atlanta.
Suzuki will take a seat for a second consecutive contest after Yan Gomes had a dominant performance at the plate Friday. Gomes will start behind the dish once again.
Suzuki is not in the lineup for Friday's game against Atlanta.
Suzuki hits the bench for the second game in a row. He has a very narrow edge in playing time behind the plate for the Nationals. He's gotten the nod 23 times, while Yan Gomes, who starts Friday, has made 20 starts.
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