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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 returned to the Twins lineup on Friday, going 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout in a losing effort against the Mets.
The veteran backstop required five stitches to close a laceration on his chin on Wednesday. He's now hitting .268/.310/.419 with eight homers and 49 RBI in 332 at-bats on the season. Sep 17 - 8:58 AM

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Kurt Suzuki required five stitches to close a chin laceration suffered in Wednesday's loss to the Tigers.

Suzuki was smacked in the face mask by a foul tip in the eighth inning. John Ryan Murphy replaced him behind the plate after he suffered the injury. He might need a few days off after this one, but it likely won't sideline him for too long.
Sep 14 - 10:52 PM

Kurt Suzuki was lifted from Wednesday's game against the Tigers with a chin laceration.

The life of a major league catcher. Suzuki took a foul tip to the mask in the eighth inning and immediately headed into the dugout to patch up the subsequent laceration. He was replaced by John Ryan Murphy behind the plate. Suzuki should be considered day-to-day moving forward.
Sep 14 - 10:04 PM

Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that Kurt Suzuki has cleared waivers.

This means that Suzuki is now eligible to be traded to any team. The 37-year-old is batting .283/.323/.435 with six homers over 80 games this season and is owed about $1.54 million before becoming a free agent this winter. He could draw interest from contenders.
Aug 16 - 3:39 PM

Kurt Suzuki has been placed on trade waivers.

The 48-hour waiver period expires Sunday afternoon. The Twins will be free to work out a trade with any interested club if Suzuki goes unclaimed. If a team does put in a claim for Suzuki, the Twins would then have 48 hours to complete a trade with the club that claimed him. Suzuki has hit a respectable .282 this year with six homers and 21 doubles. There's a real chance Saturday will be his last game in a Twins uniform.
Aug 13 - 7:55 PM

Kurt Suzuki went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI as the Twins fell to the Braves in a slugfest on Wednesday night in Minnesota.

Suzuki's two-run blast came off of Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz in the fourth inning, pulling the Twins to within four runs at 7-3. He's enjoying a nice bounce-back season behind the plate for the Twins, hitting .292/.328/.447 with six long balls and 35 RBI.
Jul 27 - 11:32 PM

Kurt Suzuki (head) is back in the Twins' starting lineup Tuesday against the Braves.

Suzuki has been sidelined since taking a foul tip of his catcher's mask on Saturday. He was cleared of a concussion and is batting eighth in his return to action.
Jul 26 - 4:57 PM

Kurt Suzuki was cleared of a concussion.

Suzuki left Saturday's game against the Red Sox after taking a foul tip off his catcher's mask, but he escaped with a minor cut. Consider him day-to-day. Juan Centeno took over behind the plate for Minnesota.
Jul 23 - 8:24 PM

Kurt Suzuki was pulled from Saturday's game against the Red Sox after taking a foul tip off his mask.

Suzuki had to be helped off by trainer Dave Pruemer, who was holding a towel to the catcher's lower jaw. There should be an update from the Twins after the game. Juan Centeno replaced him behind the plate.
Jul 23 - 8:11 PM

Kurt Suzuki went 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored Thursday against the Rangers.

The home run was Suzuki's fifth of the year, and he's now enjoyed three consecutive multi-hit games. A miserable first two months of the season torpedoed his numbers, but the 32-year-old batted .370/.395/.589 in June and has stayed hot in July, improving his overall line to a respectable .287/.327/.431.
Jul 8 - 12:54 AM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Kurt Suzuki
2Juan Centeno
3John Ryan Murphy
1B1Joe Mauer
2B1Brian Dozier
SS1Eduardo Escobar
2Jorge Polanco
3James Beresford
3B1Trevor Plouffe
LF1Robbie Grossman
CF1Eddie Rosario
2Byron Buxton
3Logan Schafer
4Danny Santana
RF1Max Kepler
DH1Miguel Sano
2Kennys Vargas
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Ervin Santana
2Kyle Gibson
3Hector Santiago
4Jose Berrios
5Tyler Duffey
6Phil Hughes
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Brandon Kintzler
2Ryan Pressly
3Trevor May
4Michael Tonkin
5Taylor Rogers
6Buddy Boshers
7Tommy Milone
8JT Chargois
9Glen Perkins
10Ryan O'Rourke
11Pat Light
12Alex Wimmers
13Pat Dean
14Andrew Albers