Nationals C Suzuki returns to lineup for Game 2 of NLCS

The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Washington catcher Kurt Suzuki is in the starting lineup for Game 2 of the NL Championship Series after being sidelined by a head injury.

Suzuki got hurt during Washington's clinching victory in Game 5 of the NLDS against the Dodgers on Wednesday night. He was hit on the left wrist by a pitch, and the ball shot up and knocked off his helmet.

Suzuki missed the Nationals' 2-0 victory over St. Louis in the NLCS opener, but he was back behind the plate on Saturday. He was hitting seventh in the batting order.

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While Suzuki returned to the field, center fielder Victor Robles was out of the lineup again because of a strained right hamstring. He got hurt in Game 2 against Los Angeles.

The Cardinals stayed with the same starting lineup they used in the series opener.

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