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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'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

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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

Kurt Suzuki left Wednesday's game after a collision at home plate.

Royals outfielder Jarrod Dyson caught Suzuki as he tried to beat a throw home in the 10th inning, and the catcher hobbled off the field with the trainer following the play. Reporters at the game said the injury didn't look good. The Twins should offer an update on Suzuki's status after the game.
Wed, Sep 9, 2015 11:32:00 PM

Kurt Suzuki had a go-ahead two-run single in Friday's 4-3 win over the Orioles.

Darren O'Day has been untouchable for most of the year, but the Twins rallied in the top of the eighth inning to pull ahead. Eddie Rosario brought the Twins within a run with a sacrifice fly before Suzuki singled to shallow center field to put them in front. The 31-year-old has been a big disappointment at the plate this season, but he now has three straight multi-hit games and has driven in seven runs over his last five.
Fri, Aug 21, 2015 10:39:00 PM

Kurt Suzuki went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Saturday's loss to the Indians.

Suzuki unloaded on a Trevor Bauer offering for a two-run homer in the fourth inning. It would make the score 8-3, but the Twins would score just one more run the rest of the way, while the Indians scored another nine. Sometimes, you lose 17-4. Move along, nothing to see here. While he occasionally runs into one, Suzuki has been one of the worst regular hitters in baseball this season, slashing just .229/.285/.309 with four home runs and 33 RBI.
Sat, Aug 8, 2015 11:20:00 PM

Kurt Suzuki went 2-for-4 with a walk-off RBI single in Saturday's 3-2 win over the Mariners.

The Twins faced a 2-1 deficit entering the ninth inning, but rallied with some nice situational hitting and a woeful bullpen performance from the M's. Miguel Sano led off the inning by doubling off Carson Smith, who recorded the next two outs, but also uncorked a wild pitch that allowed pinch-runner Shane Robinson to reach third. Following an intentional walk to Eddie Rosario, Smith delivered yet another wild pitch, which scored Robinson. Rosario would subsequently steal third before Suzuki ended the game with an RBI single. The heroics are fun, but they do little to mask the fact that the veteran catcher is hitting just .234/.290/.305 this season.
Sun, Aug 2, 2015 12:12:00 AM

Kurt Suzuki went 0-for-4 in the loss to the A's on Saturday, leaving him with a .227/.283/.303 line for the season.

The Twins could live with Suzuki's offense if it came with a quality glove, but he's become one of the league's weaker defensive catchers these last couple of years. Tonight, he couldn't block a ball that led to a key wild pitch for Glen Perkins in a blown save in the bottom of the ninth and he couldn't throw out Billy Burns stealing third ahead of the game-winning hit in the 10th. If there's a contender that should be on the lookout for a starting catcher these next two weeks, it's the Twins.
Sun, Jul 19, 2015 12:16:00 AM

Kurt Suzuki is not in the Twins starting lineup against the Brewers on Saturday.

Just a day of rest for the veteran backstop. Chris Herrmann will get the start behind the dish for the Twins and bat sixth against Matt Garza and the Brewers.
Sat, Jun 27, 2015 11:29:00 AM

Kurt Suzuki is not in the Twins starting lineup for Saturday afternoon's tilt against the Brewers.

Chris Herrmann will take his place behind the plate for the Twins and will bat seventh against opposing right-hander Matt Garza. Suzuki should be back in there for Sunday's series finale.
Sat, Jun 6, 2015 11:20:00 AM

Kurt Suzuki is not in the Twins' lineup Wednesday.

It's just a day of rest. Chris Herrmann is behind the dish in Suzuki's place.
Wed, May 27, 2015 11:21:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Kurt Suzuki
2John Ryan Murphy
1B1Joe Mauer
2B1Brian Dozier
SS1Eduardo Escobar
2Eduardo Nunez
3Jorge Polanco
3B1Trevor Plouffe
LF1Eddie Rosario
CF1Danny Santana
RF1Miguel Sano
DH1Byung-ho Park
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Phil Hughes
2Ervin Santana
3Kyle Gibson
4Ricky Nolasco
5Jose Berrios
6Tyler Duffey
7Alex Meyer
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Glen Perkins
2Kevin Jepsen
3Trevor May
4Casey Fien
5Michael Tonkin
6Ryan Pressly
7Fernando Abad
8Ryan O'Rourke
9Tommy Milone