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8 Kurt Suzuki C
Height/Weight: 5-11/203 | Birthdate: 10/4/1983 | Birthplace: Wailuku, HI | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Minnesota | College: Cal State-Fullerton | MLB Experience: 9 | Salary: $6,450,000 | Owned/Started%: 28/22 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Kurt Suzuki, Danny Santana out of Twins lineup on Sunday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki was out of the starting lineup on Sunday. Suzuki was replaced by Chris Herrmann, who gets his ninth start behind the plate. 

Shortstop Danny Santana also misses a start. He's replaced by Eduardo Escobar for the fifth time this season. 

Right fielder Torii Hunter also gets a day away from the field, starting at DH.


Chris Herrmann replaces Kurt Suzuki in Twins' lineup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2015) Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki will get a rest on Sunday. For the first time in 10 games, Suzuki is not in the starting lineup. 

Chris Herrmann replaces Suzuki behind the plate for his eighth start of the year. He'll bat sixth in the lineup.


Twins give Torii Hunter a breather against former club


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2015) Twins right fielder Torii Hunter was given a day off for just the fifth time this season Thursday afternoon against Detroit. With Hunter out, manager Paul Molitor shuffled his lineup, moving catcher Kurt Suzuki to the No. 2 hole and Eddie Rosario to right field and in the seventh spot.

"He’s been out there a lot ... lot of at bats. Just backing him off," Molitor said, per the Pioneer Press. "Made sense today."

Hunter is hitting .281/.331/.488 with six homers and 21 RBI in 31 games played.

Detroit is favored (-155) at home against Minnesota, per VegasInsider.com.


Twins' Kurt Suzuki, Jordan Schafer out of the lineup Wednesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki and center fielder Jordan Schafer are out of the starting lineup Wednesday against the Athletics, the team announced.

Suzuki has started five of the last six games for Minnesota, but will get a rest as Chris Herrmann draws the start. Suzuki is hitting .208 in 72 at-bats. Schafer gets the day off with Shane Robinson drawing the start in center.


Kurt Suzuki, Eduardo Escobar, Jordan Schafer out of Twins' lineup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2015) The Twins left three starters out of Sunday's starting lineup. 

Catcher Kurt Suzuki goes to the bench, with Chris Herrmann getting his second start in five games. Herrmann is batting eighth in the lineup. 

Left fielder Eduardo Escobar is out of the lineup after four straight starts. Oswaldo Arcia returns to left, batting sixth. 

Center fielder Jordan Schafer also gets a rest, with Shane Robinson making his tenth start in center and batting seventh. 


Twins give catcher Kurt Suzuki a rest day


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki was not included in the starting lineup Wednesday against Detroit, receiving a day of rest. Instead, Minnesota used Chris Herrmann behind the plate to catch Phil Hughes. Suzuki has a hit in each of his last four games played, and has raised his batting average from .195 to .241 over that span. 

Kurt Suzuki, Torii Hunter, Kennys Vargas out of Twins lineup on Sunday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Catcher Kurt Suzuki, DH Kennys Vargas and right fielder Torii Hunter were not included in the Twins' Sunday lineup. 

Suzuki was replaced by Chris Herrmann, who started his fourth game at catcher, batting eighth.

Oswaldo Arcia moved over from left to replace Hunter. Eduardo Escobar picked up his fourth start of the year in left, batting sixth.  

Eduardo Nunez played Dh for the first time this year, batting fifth. 


Molitor: Wild pitches, Suzuki foot problem unrelated


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) The Twins have thrown three wild pitches that allowed two runs to score with Kurt Suzuki behind the plate since he took a foul ball off his right foot Monday. But Paul Molitor doesn't believe the two facts are related.

"I don't think it's affecting his ability to block the ball," Molitor told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "You can see he's doing the right thing."

Suzuki hasn't appeared to be affected at the plate either. He slammed two hits on Tuesday.


Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki remains in the lineup Tuesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki is still in the starting lineup Tuesday after taking a line drive off his foot, the team announced. Suzuki didn't have any swelling and said after the game Monday the ball hit the fleshy part of his foot and felt he would be able to play Tuesday.

"I checked with Kurt and thankfully he's OK," Molitor said. "He's bruised and all that. But he's fine. He wants to be in there and is capable in there. Not going to set him back."

Suzuki feels like he's taken a bit of a beating to start the year, according to MLB.com.

"The first 10 games I've been playing in, I feel like I've been getting beaned, or foul-tipped or back-swinged," Suzuki said. "Maybe I'll just get that out of the way now and I'll be fine the rest of the season."

Suzuki is hitting .182 with two home runs and four RBI in 33 at-bats this season.


Twins C Kurt Suzuki breaks loose in victory over Royals


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) The struggles at the plate of Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki are over - at least for now. Suzuki raised his batting average to .200 with a two-hit game Thursday against the Royals.

Most impressive was a two-run homer off Chris Young in the eighth. Suzuki also singled in the win, breaking a three-game hitless slide.


Twins' Suzuki gets a day off Thursday after a rough day Wednesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2015) Twins manager Paul Molitor circled Thursday's game against the Tigers as a day to potentially rest catcher Kurt Suzuki. His decision got a lot easier after Suzuki took a breaking ball off his right thumb while trying to block a pitch in the dirt Wednesday. He also fouled a pitch off his left instep.

"He got a little beat up," Molitor said, per the Pioneer Press. "He's fine. He's a guy who can play nicked up. We saw that last year. Kurt loves to catch. He wants to catch as many games as he can."

Chris Herrmann drew the start Thursday at catcher.


Twins lineup set for Opening Day


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2015) Twins manager Paul Molitor posted the team's starting lineup for Monday's Opening Day game against the Tigers.

The Twins will face LHP David Price with the following lineup: 

Danny Santana SS, Brian Dozier 2B, Joe Mauer 1B, Torii Hunter RF, Kennys Vargas DH, Trevor Plouffe 3B, Oswaldo Arcia LF, Kurt Suzuki C, Jordan Schafer CF. Phil Hughes will be the starting pitcher.


Twins option Josmil Pinto, Eric Fryer to Triple-A


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2015) The Twins have optioned catchers Josmil Pinto and Eric Fryer to Triple-A Rochester, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Pinto dealt with concussion issues late in the spring and went 6 for 17 in seven games of action. He could be back before long once he's received enough at-bats. Fryer was 9 for 32 with one home run this spring.

With the moves, the Twins are set to open the season with Kurt Suzuki as the starting catcher and Chris Herrmann as the backup.


Five Twins return for workouts on Tuesday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2015) All five Twins players -- Byron Buxton, Trevor May, Oswaldo Arcia, Jordan Schafer and Kurt Suzuki -- that were sent home due to illness on Monday, returned to the clubhouse on Tuesday and rejoined the club for workouts, reports the Star Tribune.

The Twins begin exhibition season Wednesday with a game against the University of Minnesota.


Twins send five home due to illness before Monday workouts


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2015) Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe (illness) was back at workouts Monday, but the Twins sent five other players home due to illness before Monday workouts began, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Pitcher Trevor May and outfielders Byron Buxton and Jordan Schafer missed a second straight day of workouts, while catcher Kurt Suzuki and outfielder Oswaldo Arcia also had to miss the Monday session.

The Twins begin exhibition season Wednesday with a game against the University of Minnesota.


Twins' Kurt Suzuki fine after taking pitch off kneecap


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/28/2015) Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki said he would be fine after taking a pitch off his kneecap area Saturday, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Ryan Pressly slipped while attempting to deliver a changeup during a live batting practice session Saturday, and the ball crossed up the catcher.

"It was my fault," Pressly said. "I just slipped on the mound and yanked a changeup down. The ball caught (Suzuki) in the meaty part right between the shinguard and the padding. There's a little spot where he's vulnerable."

Manager Paul Molitor said Suzuki wasn't added to the team's post-workout injury report.


Twins' Molitor: Pinto, Herrmann Fryer competing for backup catcher spot


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2015) Twins manager Paul Molitor told reporters on Tuesday that there is a three-man race between Josmil Pinto, Chris Herrmann and Eric Fryer for the club's backup role behind Kurt Suzuki, per MLB.com.

"That's going to be an interesting competition," Molitor said. "There's different criteria you can consider. Do you want the guy that is going to be your best defender for 30-40 games or you want to have the offense and hopefully have enough defense? I'm open-minded."

At this point, Pinto may be the early favorite because of his threat at the plate. He hit 257/.339/.445 with 11 homers and 30 RBIs in 78 career games with Minnesota. Herrmann slashed .194/.264/.284 hitter in 97 games over parts of three years with the Twins. Fryer is hitting .246 in 50 career games.


Hitters to sit in Week 25


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/14/2014) Thinking about starting Carl Crawford, Kurt Suzuki, Mike Napoli, Rougned Odor, Trevor Plouffe or Javier Baez in Fantasy Week 25 (Sept. 15-21)? You might want to think again.

Find out why in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.


Kurt Suzuki absent from Friday lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/5/2014) Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki is catching a break for the Friday night game against the visiting Angels. Josmil Pinto is set to start instead.

Suzuki has seven hits in his last 22 at-bats and a stat line on the season of .291/.350/.382.


Kurt Suzuki absent from Wednesday lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Scuffling Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki has been given the night off Wednesday with Cleveland in town. Eric Fryer is set to start instead.

Suzuki is hitless in nine at-bats over the last three games, but he still boasts a strong stat line of .302/.363/.395.


Hitters to start in Week 21


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/16/2014) Need a sleeper hitter for Fantasy Week 21 (Aug. 18-24)? Kurt Suzuki, Billy Butler, Kolten Wong, Martin Prado, Danny Santana and Kole Calhoun might just fit the bill.

Find out why in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.


Kurt Suzuki extended by Twins


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) The Twins have not only kept catcher Kurt Suzuki through the trading deadline, but signed him to a contract extension, per Fox Sports senior baseball writer Ken Rosenthal.

Suzuki has been a surprise this season with a .307/.368/.389 stat line. But he has slumped recently with three hits in his last 17 at-bats and three hitless games in the last five.


Report: Twins working on exension with Kurt Suzuki


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki has been mentioned in trade rumors leading up to the deadline, but the team has actually been busy working to get him a contract extension, according to FOXSports.com.

Suzuki was an All-Star this season and is hitting .304/.367/.386 while working on one-year deal. According to the report, there is a "reasonable chance" the extension gets done and Suzuki is not traded. 


Kurt Suzuki backed by teammates


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Twins surprisingly productive catcher Kurt Suzuki has received interest from several teams in need of players at that position, but closer Glen Perkins is hoping he stays put and is offered a contract extension.

"That would be ideal," he told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "I think everyone else would agree. Not even just pitchers. He's fit in the clubhouse great, too, with everybody."

General manager Terry Ryan expressed satisfaction with Suzuki despite admitting he rates poorly in regard to pitch-framing.

Toronto, San Francisco and Baltimore are believed to be most interested. All three had scouts at Twins games over the weekend.


Report: Kurt Suzuki being eyed by Cardinals, Orioles


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2014) Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki, who is arguably enjoying his strongest season since 2009, is getting eyed by the Cardinals and Orioles, per CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Cardinals starting catcher Yadier Molina and Baltimore counterpart Matt Wieters are out for the season. Suzuki has proven to be one of the premier clutch hitters among major league catchers this season. He boasts a strong stat line of .308/.367/.393 while playing quite well behind the plate.