Suzuki was feeling fine Wednesday afternoon. He had gotten little sleep, stressed because his elbow had gotten worse. It grew stiffer and tighter after the fact.
He’s been a hit-by-pitch magnet since joining the Braves, getting plunked 24 times across the past two seasons despite splitting catching duties with Flowers. Since 2014, Suzuki has been hit by 45 pitches.
The veteran has slashed .261/.325/.426 with nine homers and 39 RBIs across 83 games. He had hit .357 with a home run across his past eight games.
“He feels really good,” manager Brian Snitker said. “We brought (Stewart) up just in case. He’ll be down for a couple days anyway. They do so much now in training room, so many things they can do to get the swelling out and get them back out there.”
Suzuki believes he should be available sometime when the Braves are in Miami, a four-game set beginning Thursday. If needed, he’s comfortable pinch-hitting. Snitker said if Suzuki gets loose without complications, he wouldn’t hesitate to let him hit.
“If I had to (swing) today I could,” Suzuki said. “It’s one of those things where if it’s just bruised, you just have to figure out a way to get through it. Emergency situations I could come in and do it. Give it a day or two, see how it feels.”
It’s a remarkable break for the Braves who’ve received plenty this season. Anibal Sanchez’s sudden drop turned hamstring strain, Freddie Freeman getting hit by a pitch in the wrist, Ronald Acuna’s tumble in Boston or intentional hit from Jose Urena - the Braves have come out of each with best possible scenarios.
Kurt Kiyoshi Suzuki was born Oct. 4, 1983 in Wailuku, Hawaii. Suzuki grew up in Hawaii on the island of Maui. Suzuki attended Cal State Fullerton and is a member of the school’s athletics Hall of Fame. Suzuki led the Titans to the 2004 NCAA championship and was drafted in the second round (67th overall) by Oakland. Suzuki made his major league debut on June 12, 2007 for the Athletics. Suzuki played in the 2014 All-Star game while a member of the Minnesota Twins. Suzuki signed with the Braves as a free a