The Nationals traded catcher Kurt Suzuki to the Oakland Athletics, the team that they acquired him from last year. The San Francisco Chronicle was the first to report the news.
Suzuki said the Nationals were on the bus after their game against the Cubs and pulling up at the team plane when he got pulled off the bus. “Mike Rizzo came back and said, ‘Don’t get on the plane, you’re staying here,’ ” Suzuki said. “Everyone was looking at me like, ‘What?!’ ”
Suzuki arrived in Washington last Aug. 3 and became the Nationals' everyday catcher while Wilson Ramos was out with a torn ACL. Suzuki filled in for Ramos again this season when the latter suffered a strained left hamstring, but since Ramos returned to the lineup July 4, Suzuki has seen little playing time, appearing in just 12 complete games.
Suzuki is the third player that the Nationals have lost in the last week; they released Roger Bernadina and traded for David DeJesus Monday, but DeJesus was reportedly claimed off waivers by the Rays Thursday.
Thank u nats fans for the love and support! I enjoyed every minute. First class org. It's a business and now it's time to go get that ring.
— Kurt Suzuki (@kurtsuzuki) August 23, 2013
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