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Kurt Suzuki | Catcher | #8

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (32) / 10/4/1983
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 203
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Cal State Fullerton
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 2 (0) / OAK
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Kurt Suzuki went 4-for-5 with a home run and six RBI as the Twins outlasted the Phillies 14-10 on Tuesday.
Suzuki swatted a two-run double in the third, a two-run home run in the fifth and another two-run double in the eighth. The game was easily the best of the season for the 32-year-old, who is now hitting .265/.302/.411. He has four home runs, 25 RBI and 11 runs scored in 47 games. Jun 22 - 1:30 AM

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Kurt Suzuki (head) went 2-for-4 with an RBI in his return to the Twins' lineup Tuesday.

Suzuki took a hard foul ball off his mask this past weekend and sat out a couple games, but he was ultimately cleared of any concussion symptoms. The veteran catcher is batting .212/.266/.293 this season.
Jun 1 - 9:21 AM

Kurt Suzuki (head) remains absent Monday.

Suzuki left Saturday's game against the Mariners after taking a hard foul ball off his mask. It sounds like the Twins are just playing it safe here, as manager Paul Molitor hinted Monday morning that Suzuki could come off the bench in the Memorial Day game against the Athletics. Juan Centeno will start at catcher and bat eighth.
May 30 - 1:30 PM

Kurt Suzuki (head) is not in the Twins' lineup Sunday.

Suzuki left Saturday's game after taking a foul ball to the face mask. He's feeling better Sunday but will sit out as a precaution. Juan Centeno is behind the plate.
May 29 - 2:08 PM

Kurt Suzuki left Saturday's game against the Mariners after getting a foul ball to the face mask.

The Twins are likely concerned that Suzuki suffered a concussion, but further information should come after the game. Juan Centano replaced the 32-year-old catcher, who was hitting .200/.257/.284 in 106 plate appearances.
May 28 - 11:36 PM

Kurt Suzuki (neck) finished 0-for-4 in his return to the Twins' lineup Tuesday.

Suzuki was held out of Sunday's series finale against the White Sox because of tightness in his upper trapezius muscle. It clearly wasn't anything too serious. The veteran catcher is batting .200/.250/.277 in 73 plate appearances this season for the last-place Twins.
May 11 - 8:41 AM

Kurt Suzuki (neck) is not in the Twins' lineup Sunday.

Suzuki exited Saturday's contest with upper trap tightness. He's available off the bench and could be back in the lineup Monday. Juan Centeno is catching Sunday.
May 8 - 11:51 AM

Kurt Suzuki left Saturday's game against the White Sox with upper trap tightness.

He came out in the fifth inning after going 0-for-2 with a couple of groundouts. Juan Centeno took his place behind the plate. Suzuki passed his concussion test but is still dealing with tightness in his neck and upper body. He won't be in the lineup on Sunday.
May 7 - 9:46 PM

Kurt Suzuki's early-season struggles continued in Saturday's loss to the Nationals as he went 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts.

The latest hitless effort drops Suzuki down to .189/.225/.324 on the season and puts him at risk to losing his starting job to J.R. Murphy. He's a difficult player to start at this point even in deep two-catcher formats.
Apr 23 - 4:25 PM

Kurt Suzuki passed through Major League Baseball's concussion protocol.

Suzuki was run through tests after taking a hard foul tip off his mask on Wednesday. He said he blacked out and was experiencing numbness on the side of his face, but the veteran catcher apparently avoided a concussion. John Ryan Murphy is starting behind the plate for the Twins on Thursday afternoon against the Brewers.
Apr 21 - 12:07 PM

Kurt Suzuki went 3-for-3 with a pair of solo homers and a double Friday against the Rays.

The Twins would be better off if John Ryan Murphy were hitting .333 with three homers this spring and Suzuki were 2-for-25. Since it's the other way around, it's only going to mean more playing time for Suzuki early on. He entered camp as the starter anyway, but Murphy still figured to play more than most backups. That might no longer be the case now.
Mar 25 - 3:38 PM

Kurt Suzuki went 2-for-3 with a solo homer Thursday against the Red Sox.

Suzuki was one of the game's worst regulars last year, and the Twins brought in an upgrade in John Ryan Murphy over the winter. Still, Suzuki is expected to do the bulk of the catching at the beginning of the season. Ideally, Murphy will overtake him soon thereafter.
Mar 10 - 3:51 PM

Twins manager Paul Molitor said Friday that Kurt Suzuki will enter spring camp as the club's starting catcher.

Prevailing wisdom had J.R. Murphy, who was acquired from the Yankees this winter for Aaron Hicks, would open the season as the starting backstop, but it appears as though Molitor will stay with the incumbent veteran, at least initially. The 32-year-old Suzuki hit just .240/.296/.314 with five homers and 50 RBI in 131 games last season.
Feb 19 - 10:49 PM

Kurt Suzuki (knee) is back in the Twins' lineup Friday.

Suzuki had to depart Wednesday's game with a left knee injury following a collision at home plate, but he didn't end up missing any starts. The defensive-minded catcher is hitting just .243/.297/.324 this season.
Fri, Sep 11, 2015 04:57:00 PM

Kurt Suzuki was diagnosed with a bruised left knee.

The catcher sustained the injury when Royals outfielder Jarrod Dyson slid into his leg during a play at the plate. Suzuki is day-to-day.
Wed, Sep 9, 2015 11:51:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Kurt Suzuki
2Juan Centeno
1B1Joe Mauer
2B1Brian Dozier
SS1Eduardo Nunez
2Eduardo Escobar
3B1Trevor Plouffe
LF1Robbie Grossman
CF1Byron Buxton
2Danny Santana
3Darin Mastroianni
RF1Miguel Sano
2Max Kepler
DH1Byung-ho Park
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Phil Hughes
2Ervin Santana
3Kyle Gibson
4Ricky Nolasco
5Tyler Duffey
6Pat Dean
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Glen Perkins
2Brandon Kintzler
3Fernando Abad
4Kevin Jepsen
5Trevor May
6Ryan Pressly
7Michael Tonkin
8Buddy Boshers
9Taylor Rogers
10Zack Jones
11Neil Ramirez