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Kurt Suzuki day-to-day after being hit by pitch, tests come back negative

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The Braves dodged a major bullet.

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Things did not look good for Braves catcher Kurt Suzuki after taking an upper-90s fastball to the left elbow on Tuesday night, but he appears to have avoided a serious injury as the Braves announced Suzuki is day-to-day with a left triceps contusion.

Suzuki immediately left the game in the 9th inning, and he stayed on the ground for a few minutes after being plunked. He left the clubhouse to get x-rays and a CT scan on his elbow. There was some real concern that Suzuki might’ve broken something, but thankfully he came out OK.

Fortunately for the Braves, there isn’t a day game slated on the schedule until Sunday. Tyler Flowers will start tonight and likely tomorrow night, too. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see a backup catcher get called up from Gwinnett as insurance, although Flowers and Suzuki are the only catchers presently on the 40-man roster.