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MRI results on elbow show no major setback for Suzuki

KURT SUZUKI

Washington catcher Kurt Suzuki might not miss extended time after an MRI on his right elbow revealed no serious injury.

The Baldwin High School graduate has inflammation and still feels tingling in his arm after an awkward throw to second base. He was a seventh-inning defensive replacement Saturday and got injured in an unsuccessful attempt to catch Atlanta’s Rafael Ortega stealing. He left before the top of the eighth.

“I felt something in my elbow,” Suzuki said Sunday. “Some tingling and zings. A little sore today, but should be good.”

Either Suzuki or Yan Gomes has started every game at catcher for the National League wild-card leading Nationals. Raudy Read took Suzuki’s spot on Saturday and moves into the No. 2 role.

Suzuki, 36, is in the first season of a $10 million, two-year contract. He is hitting .260 with 16 homers and 58 RBIs in his second stint with the Nationals. Washington selected the contract of catcher Tres Barrera from Double-A Harrisburg on Sunday.

From Maui to the Majors

KURT SUZUKI

SATURDAY: 0-0. Entered at catcher in bottom of seventh inning, replaced before top of eighth due to elbow injury.

SUNDAY: Did not play.

SEASON: 71-273 (.260), 16 HR, 34 runs, 58 RBIs.