Manager Dave Martinez said Wednesday that Suzuki would serve as the primary catcher for Max Scherzer and Anibal Sanchez during the regular season, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
Meanwhile, Martinez estimated that Yan Gomes would catch around 4-to-5 times per week as the main battery mate for the other three pitchers in the Nationals rotation. That division of workload seemingly implies that Suzuki will occupy the smaller side of the timeshare to begin the season, though Martinez's plans could change if Gomes declines further as a hitter. Suzuki's 105 wRC+ in 2019 was well above Gomes' mark (79), but the latter graded out better in terms of average pop time and framing, per Baseball Savant.
Suzuki (hip) appears to be fully healthy at spring training after he caught Max Scherzer's two-inning simulated game Wednesday, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
Suzuki was unable to play in the Nationals' Game 7 win over the Astros in the World Series due to a hip flexor, but he's feeling fine again after the long offseason. Heading into his age-36 season, Suzuki will likely find himself in a timeshare at catcher again with Yan Gomes, who was re-signed over the winter on a more club-friendly deal. Suzuki proved last season that he could still have value in a part-time role, as he batted .264 with 17 home runs, 63 RBI and 37 runs in only 309 plate appearances.
Suzuki (hip) was scratched from the lineup for Game 7 of the World Series against the Astros on Wednesday.
Suzuki appeared to be progressing toward a start for Game 7 and was originally listed in the starting lineup, but the team evidently decided Yan Gomes was the safe play with the season on the line. Given Suzuki's status over the past few days, it wouldn't be surprising if he was available off the bench for the winner-take-all contest.
Suzuki will start at catcher for Game 7 of the World Series against the Astros on Wednesday, batting eighth.
Suzuki was sidelined since exiting Game 3 of the World Series with a hip flexor, but he'll rejoin the starting lineup for Game 7, as expected. The 36-year-old went 2-for-10 with a solo home run and two runs scored in the World Series prior to his injury.
Suzuki (hip) said he's healthy and will start at catcher for Game 7 of the World Series at Houston on Wednesday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
Suzuki hasn't seen the field since exiting Game 3 with the hip flexor issue, but it looks as though he'll be ready to go for the winner-take-all affair. The veteran catcher was reportedly available off the bench Tuesday for Game 6, but neither team used any bench players. Suzuki went 2-for-10 with a solo home run, two runs scored and a walk in the series before suffering the injury.
Suzuki (hip) remains on the bench for Game 6 of the World Series in Houston on Tuesday.
Suzuki hasn't played since leaving Game 3 with a hip flexor issue. He'll be available off the bench Tuesday and could start Game 7 on Wednesday if the Nationals are able to extend the series, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
Suzuki (hip) said he was feeling better Monday but that he would reassess his availability for Game 6 on Tuesday morning, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
The 36-year-old has been sidelined the past two games with a hip flexor issue he sustained during Game 3 of the World Series, but said that he would perform some activities Monday to see how he feels ahead of Game 6. Suzuki said he would have been available in an emergency situation while he was absent from the starting lineup, which is an encouraging sign for his availability for Tuesday's must-win Game 6. If Suzuki is unable to start, Yan Gomes would likely handle the duties at catcher again.
Suzuki (hip) is not in the lineup for a second consecutive game after suffering a hip injury in Game 3 of the World Series.
Suzuki left in the sixth inning of Game 3 on Friday with a bit of a hip flexor problem. He passed his strength tests, which is encouraging, and the Nationals are keeping him on their World Series roster with the hope he could be ready to go for Game 6 or possibly come off the bench later in the game as a pinch hitter.
Suzuki (hip) will receive treatment Sunday and could start Game 5 if he feels well enough, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.
Coach Dave Martinez said the veteran catcher was only available as an emergency option for Saturday's loss in Game 4. Suzuki underwent an MRI and will remain on the roster for the World Series, but it's up in the air when he'll be able to rejoin the starting lineup, if at all.
Suzuki (hip) will remain on the roster for the World Series, Barry Svrluga of The Washington Post reports.
The 36-year-old underwent an MRI earlier in the day Saturday, and the results apparently indicated that he should be healthy enough to be available for later in the series. Yan Gomes will start at catcher for Game 4 on Saturday as Suzuki deals with a right hip flexor issue that occurred Friday during Game 3.
Suzuki is undergoing an MRI on his hip Saturday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
A hip flexor issue forced Suzuki to leave Game 3 on Friday and will keep him out of the lineup for Saturday's Game 4. With at most five days left in the Nationals' season, expect the team to replace Suzuki with another catcher if he's required to sit for even a few days. Raudy Read would likely be called on as a backup catcher if a move happens.
Suzuki (hip) is not in the lineup for Game 4 of the World Series against the Astros on Saturday.
Suzuki left Friday's game with a hip flexor issue. While he passed strength tests earlier in the day Saturday, it's no surprise to see him sit for at least one game. Yan Gomes will start behind the plate in his absence.
Suzuki (hip) had good strength tests following Game 3 of the World Series on Friday, Marly Rivera of ESPN reports.
Manager Dave Roberts called the 36-year-old's injury a right hip flexor issue, and Suzuki sounds optimistic that he will be able to return to the starting lineup soon. Yan Gomes could start Game 4 since he usually catches for starter Patrick Corbin, plus it could give Suzuki an extra day of rest. However, early results indicate that Suzuki's injury may not be severe.
Suzuki suffered a hip injury in the sixth inning of Game 3 of the World Series on Friday and was forced to leave the game, Marly Rivera of ESPN reports.
The 36-year-old suffered the injury while blocking a pitch from Fernando Rodney and finished the half inning but was replaced by a pinch hitter in the bottom of the sixth. Given his ability to finish the half inning, it would be a surprise to see him miss much time, but Yan Gomes could see some time at catcher if Suzuki is unable to play.
Suzuki went 2-for-5 with a solo home run in Wednesday's 12-3 win over Houston in Game 2 of the World Series.
Suzuki knocked Houston started Justin Verlander from the game with a solo blast to lead off the seventh inning, putting the Nationals on top 3-2. It was just the second hit (2-for-28) of the 2019 postseason for the 36-year-old catcher, who also picked up a single in the second inning off Verlander.
Suzuki is not in the lineup for Game 4 of the NLCS against the Cardinals on Tuesday.
Suzuki has gone just 1-for-20 at the plate thus far in the postseason. Yan Gomes starts behind the plate in his absence.
Suzuki is in the starting lineup for Game 2 of the NLCS against the Caridnals on Saturday.
Suzuki missed Game 1 of the series after being hit by a pitch in Game 5 of the NLDS, but is now ready to return for Game 2 of the NLCS. The 36-year-old will bat seventh against Adam Wainwright.
Suzuki (hand/concussion) is on the Nationals' NLCS roster but is not in the lineup for Game 1 against the Cardinals on Friday.
A pitch bounced off Suzuki's wrist and hit him in the head in Game 5 of the NLDS on Wednesday. X-rays were negative, but he's been evaluated for concussion symptoms. His presence on the roster indicates that the Nationals don't expect him to miss much time, but Yan Gomes starts behind the plate for now.
Suzuki (hand/concussion) will undergo the concussion protocol when the team arrives in St. Louis, Sam Fortier of The Washington Post reports.
X-rays on the 36-year-old's hand came back negative, but he will still be evaluated for concussion symptoms prior to Game 1. Manager Dave Martinez expressed optimism about Suzuki's status, saying, "He should be ready to go tomorrow." Suzuki exited Game 5 of the NLDS after being hit by a pitch that ricocheted off his hand and hit him in the forehead.
Suzuki (forehead) is uncertain to make the roster for the National League Championship Series, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
The 36-year-old exited Game 5 of the NLDS after being hit by a pitch that ricocheted off his hand/wrist and appeared to hit him in the forehead. Following the game, manager Dave Martinez and general manager Mike Rizzo both said that they weren't sure about Suzuki's status. The catcher appeared to be attempting to not move his wrist after the game but was still able to take part in the team's celebration.
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