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Kurt Suzuki | Catcher | #24

Team: Atlanta Braves
Age / DOB:  (34) / 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 2-for-4 with a homer Wednesday in the Braves’ loss to the Blue Jays.
Suzuki launched a solo homer off J.A. Happ in the second inning, then drove in a run with an RBI single in the ninth. The veteran backstop has hit safely in six of his last seven contests while raising his season average from .262 to .281. Still available in 64 percent of Yahoo leagues, Suzuki boasts a higher OPS (.822) than Buster Posey (.792), Willson Contreras (.786) and Gary Sanchez (.722) among others at his position. Jun 20 - 4:24 PM

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Kurt Suzuki (head) will return to the Braves' lineup as the designated hitter Tuesday against the Blue Jays.

Suzuki was hit in the side of the head by the backswing of the Padres' Raffy Lopez, but fortunately he passed all concussion tests. The Braves have the luxury of the DH spot for the interleague series to ease him back into things.
Jun 19 - 3:35 PM

Kurt Suzuki (head) was removed from Sunday's game against the Padres as a precaution and is considered day-to-day.

Suzuki was hit in the side of the head by the backswing of the Padres' Raffy Lopez, but he doesn't have any concussion symptoms. The Braves are off Monday and he could conceivably be available to play Tuesday.
Jun 17 - 3:28 PM

Kurt Suzuki was lifted from Sunday's game versus the Padres after Raffy Lopez's backswing caught Suzuki in the side of the head.

Suzuki is surely headed for concussion tests and an update on his condition should be available later Sunday. Tyler Flowers replaced him behind the plate.
Jun 17 - 2:31 PM

Kurt Suzuki (flu) is back in the Braves' starting lineup Wednesday against the Mets.

Suzuki had been sidelined since last Friday with a flu bug. He will start at catcher and bat fifth in the matinee game against Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom.
Jun 13 - 10:23 AM

Kurt Suzuki went 2-for-3 and scored a run in a win over the Nationals on Friday.

He singled in the seventh inning and rode home on a three-run bomb off the bat of Dansby Swanson. The veteran catcher was a fantasy dud for 10 years with the Athletics, Nationals and Twins but has been one of the better hitting catchers in baseball since joining the Braves prior to last season. He has a .270/.329/.475 slash line with seven homers and 21 RBI in 158 plate appearances so far this year.
Jun 1 - 10:59 PM

Kurt Suzuki homered and doubled in the second game of Monday's doubleheader against the Mets.

Suzuki had been rather quiet since Tyler Flowers came off the disabled list, but now he's 5-for-8 in his last two starts, pushing his OPS back over .800. He'll continue to share time with Flowers behind the plate. The arrangement means that neither is a very good play in mixed leagues right now.
May 29 - 1:28 AM

Kurt Suzuki paced Atlanta with three hits Sunday in a win over Boston.

Suzuki singled and scored on Tyler Flowers’ three-run homer in the second inning, doubled in the eighth, then singled and scored again in the ninth. He served as the DH on Sunday with Tyler Flowers starting behind the plate. Sunday marked Suzuki’s fourth three-hit game of the season and his first since April 24.
May 27 - 5:05 PM

Kurt Suzuki is not in Monday's lineup against the Cubs.

It's a routine day off for the veteran backstop. Tyler Flowers will make the start behind the plate and bat fifth against left-hander Jose Quintana.
May 14 - 12:24 PM

Kurt Suzuki enjoyed a big night Thursday, going 3-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and three runs scored against the Mets.

Suzuki launched a two-run shot off Mets starter Matt Harvey in the first inning, his third of the year, and he added an RBI double in the eighth for good measure. His average jumped from .270 to .317 with the good evening, and he now sports a 1.030 OPS through 14 games. With Tyler Flowers still sidelined for at least the next few days, Suzuki will continue to get regular at-bats in a productive Braves lineup.
Apr 19 - 11:48 PM

Kurt Suzuki teed off on Wednesday, leaving the yard twice in the Braves’ 5-3 win over Washington.

Suzuki staked Atlanta to a 2-1 lead with his solo blast in the fourth before putting the Braves back ahead with another solo shot in the 11th. He also reached on a single in the ninth inning. Suzuki’s three hits on Wednesday were as many as he had in his previous seven contests combined. He’ll continue to see regular at-bats while Tyler Flowers works back from a strained oblique, though Suzuki can probably be left on the wire outside of two-catcher and NL-only leagues.
Apr 11 - 6:09 PM

Kurt Suzuki (hand) is back in the Braves' lineup Friday.

Suzuki has been unavailable for the last week after being hit on the right hand by a pitch. He's catching Brandon McCarthy and batting fifth on Friday against German Marquez and the Rockies.
Apr 6 - 11:18 AM

Kurt Suzuki (hand) remains out of the Braves' lineup on Wednesday against the Nationals.

It sounds like the Braves are aiming to get Suzuki back in there Friday. He suffered a bruised hand last week when he got hit by a pitch. Carlos Perez will start at catcher and bat eighth Wednesday versus Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer.
Apr 4 - 9:53 AM

Kurt Suzuki (hand) said he should be available for Wednesday's series finale against the Nationals.

Suzuki was drilled in the right hand by a pitch last Friday, but X-rays came up negative and he's made good progress over the last 48 hours. The veteran projects to serve as the Braves' primary catcher for however long Tyler Flowers (oblique) is sidelined.
Apr 3 - 4:06 PM

X-rays on Kurt Suzuki's hand came back negative.

The hope is that Suzuki will be able to avoid the DL and come back to the lineup by Tuesday. The Braves already have one backstop on the disabled list with Tyler Flowers on the shelf with an oblique injury, so Chris Stewart will likely be the starter barring another move by the Braves.
Mar 31 - 4:06 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Tyler Flowers
2Kurt Suzuki
1B1Freddie Freeman
2B1Ozzie Albies
2Charlie Culberson
SS1Dansby Swanson
3B1Johan Camargo
2Ryan Flaherty
LF1Ronald Acuna
2Preston Tucker
3Peter Bourjos
CF1Ender Inciarte
RF1Nick Markakis
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Julio Teheran
2Mike Foltynewicz
3Sean Newcomb
4Mike Soroka
5Anibal Sanchez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Arodys Vizcaino
2Jose Ramirez
3A.J. Minter
4Dan Winkler
5Sam Freeman
6Peter Moylan
7Shane Carle
8Jesse Biddle
9Luke Jackson
10Brandon McCarthy
11Jacob Lindgren
12Grant Dayton