The former starting catcher for the A’s, who was traded in 2012, returns after injuries to John Jaso and Derek Norris left the catching corps depleted.
Suzuki was batting .222 with three home runs and 25 RBIs in 79 games for the Nationals. Suzuki, since the start of July, had only 53 at-bats for the Nationals.
Suzuki spent the first 5 ½ years of his career with the A’s and In 2009 led the A’s in RBIs with 88.
The Athletics' only other catcher on the roster was rookie Stephen Vogt.
A’s second baseman, Jed Lowrie currently wears Suzuki’s old number 8, so there’s either a payoff coming or Suzuki will wear a different number.
If he’s superstitious, a new jersey number might help boost his career .252 batting average.
Suzuki’s experience in handling pitchers and his defensive skills will help the A’s (71-55) who are in the midst of another playoff race, 2 ½ games behind the Texas Rangers.
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