Suzuki avoids serious injury, DL stint after HBP

The Maui News

Tests on Kurt Suzuki’s left elbow were negative, and the Atlanta Braves catcher is day-to-day with a left triceps contusion, the team announced Wednesday.

Suzuki, a graduate of Baldwin High School who is in his 12th major league season, was hit by a pitch from the Pirates’ Clay Holmes during the ninth inning of the Braves’

6-1 win over Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

Suzuki was in obvious pain after being hit — it was the ninth time this season he had been hit by a pitch — and he left the game and underwent X-rays, with CT scans planned for early Wednesday.

He said he was concerned after he began to feel numbness in his left hand, according to a story on mlb.com.

“It actually started feeling worse, which was scary,” Suzuki said in the article. “At the beginning, it actually felt OK. Then as time went on, it kind of got stiffer and tighter. It kind of worried me a little bit.”

Luckily for him — and the National League East-leading Braves — tests showed no fracture and the veteran catcher will avoid a stint on the disabled list.

Suzuki did not play in the Braves’ 2-1 win over the Pirates on Wednesday, but hopes to return soon. Atlanta starts a four-game series against the Marlins in Miami today.

“If it’s not broken and I’m not on the (disabled list), I’m available,” Suzuki said.

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