“He was swinging the bat yesterday,” Washington Nationals' GM Mike Rizzo told 106.7 the FAN in D.C.'s Sports Junkies on Wednesday, when asked about Nats' catcher Kurt Suzuki, and how the backstop was progressing as he waits for the inflammation in his right elbow, which he injured on a throw to second base last weekend in Atlanta, to go down so he can start throwing again and work to get back in the lineup. “He took batting practice,” Rizzo explained. “So, I think he's very close to being able to help us with his bat, off the bench, pinch hitting. Suzuki, 35, put up a .260/.319/.473 line with 10 doubles and 16 home runs in 81 games and 301 plate appearances before the injury, over which he's been worth 0.3 fWAR.
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