Suzuki could see increased playing time with Nationals

The Washington Nationals have placed catcher Wilson Ramos on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring.

Ramos hurt himself Saturday running out a ground ball against the Atlanta Braves.

Kurt Suzuki, a Baldwin High alumnus, should see increased playing time with Ramos out.

Suzuki and Ramos have been splitting time at catcher this season for Washington.

Suzuki is 5-for-16 with one home run, two runs and three RBIs. Ramos is 6-for-20 with two home runs, three runs and three RBIs.

To fill Ramos’ place on the roster, the Nationals recalled catcher Jhonatan Solano from Triple-A Syracuse on Sunday.

* PADRES: San Diego slugger Carlos Quentin on Sunday dropped his appeal and began serving an eight-game suspension for rushing the mound and inciting a brawl in which Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke broke his left collarbone.

With the suspension starting with Sunday’s game against the Colorado Rockies, Quentin will miss the Padres’ three-game series at Dodger Stadium beginning Monday.

“There’s been many different ideas and thoughts and concerns out there,” Quentin said Sunday. “Let me say this as far as the Dodgers series: Obviously I will miss the upcoming one but I will be a part of the rest.”

Quentin has said he felt justified rushing the mound because Greinke hit him with pitches during the 2008 and 2009 seasons, when they played in the American League.

“It’s unfortunate that someone got hurt in this instance,” Quentin said. “But I do believe that I had to protect myself.”

* INDIANS: Cleveland outfielder Michael Bourn is going to miss several games after receiving five stitches to close a cut on his right index finger.

Bourn was injured in the eighth inning when his hand was stepped on by pitcher Matt Thornton while making a headfirst slide into first base during Cleveland’s 3-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Sunday. Bourn had hit a slow grounder that was fielded by first baseman Adam Dunn, who tossed to Thornton. Bourn was safe.