Kurt Suzuki C MIN 1 week ago

Suzuki is hitting .391 (9-for-23) this spring and looks set to get the bulk of work behind the plate for Minnesota.

The Twins are undecided on the backup catcher spot between Josmil Pinto, Chris Herrmann and Eric Fryer. Pinto suffered a concussion Saturday, which could put him on the DL to begin the season. Pinto has the most upside at the plate to potentially take playing time away from Suzuki, but there's been no talk of reducing Suzuki's role this spring. However, Suzuki is a candidate to decline at the plate as his career resurgence last season was likely fueled by a career-high .315 BABIP and he also hit just .253/.313/.362 after the All Star break.

Kurt Suzuki C MIN 6 months ago

Suzuki is out of Sunday's lineup against the Tigers, MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger reports.

It's a second day off in a row for Suzuki, whose rest will give another start to Josmil Pinto. Hitting .288/.345/.384 this season and receiving a multi-year extension, Suzuki will be catching for the Twins in 2015 and 2016 barring the real possibilities of a collapse or injury from Suzuki, or a breakout from Pinto.

Kurt Suzuki C MIN 6 months ago

Suzuki is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Tigers, according to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Suzuki will get the day off after starting the last three games. Josmil Pinto will get the start behind the plate in Suzuki's place.

Kurt Suzuki C MIN 6 months ago

Suzuki is out of the lineup Tuesday against the Diamondbacks, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.

Another double in Monday's loss extended Suzuki's hitting streak to nine games, his longest such streak of the season. He was just afforded a day off Sunday, but Suzuki started six straight games prior to then and it seems manager Ron Gardenhire is just being mindful of the 30-year-old's workload with a handful of games remaining. Josmil Pinto draws the start behind the plate.

Kurt Suzuki C MIN 7 months ago

Suzuki is out of the lineup for the second game of a doubleheader Saturday, LaVelle E. Neal of the Minneapolis Tribune reports.

Suzuki will yield the second game to Eric Fryer, as expected. He went 1-for-2 in the first game Saturday with a walk and a run scored.

Kurt Suzuki C MIN 7 months ago

Suzuki is out of the lineup for the second game of Thursday's doubleheader with the Indians, LaVelle Neal of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Suzuki backstopped the Twins for the first game of the twin bill, going 0-for-4 at the dish. He'll be spelled in Game 2 by Josmil Pinto, who could end up roughly splitting catching duties with Suzuki over the final couple of weeks of the season.

Kurt Suzuki C MIN 7 months ago

Suzuki is out of the lineup Friday against the Angels, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

The Twins have taken measures to reduce Suzuki's workload of late, which is understandable given they inked him to a $12 million extension in July, and the team will likely continue to do so over the remainder of the year. Josmil Pinto will step in behind the plate Friday to catch starter Ricky Nolasco, with Suzuki on the bench for the fourth time in eight games.

Kurt Suzuki C MIN 7 months ago

Suzuki is out of the lineup Wednesday against the White Sox.

It's a routine day off for Suzuki, after he started two games in a row and three of the last four. Josmil Pinto will serve as the Twins' backstop Thursday.

Kurt Suzuki C MIN 7 months ago

Suzuki is out of the lineup Sunday against the Orioles, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

After starting behind the plate for Saturday night's tilt, Suzuki will be rested for Sunday's afternoon affair. Suzuki will give way to Eric Fryer, who along with Josmil Pinto, could cut into Suzuki's workload in September, when rosters expand.

Kurt Suzuki C MIN 7 months ago

Suzuki is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Indians, Tyler Mason of FOX Sports North reports.

Suzuki's absence seems odd considering he received a day off on Monday, but perhaps manager Ron Gardenhire is just looking to preserve him for the final stanza of the season. The Twins have made it clear that Suzuki is a player they value by virtue of the two-year contract extension he received in July, so he could receive some time off down the stretch as the team looks to give some of their less experienced catchers (such as Josmil Pinto) some at-bats.