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The Nationals know all too well the way the best laid plans can be tossed aside with one cleat caught in the grass on an otherwise unremarkable night. They acquired Suzuki in August in part because they knew he had another year left on his contract and they wanted to pair him with Ramos for the 2013 season.

They may have sped up their timeline due to Ramos‘ health and strong return, but otherwise it’s set up just like they planned.

“You get worn down [over the course of a season],” Suzuki said. “The point is for us to work together and win. And I think keeping both of us sharp, in the lineup at all times, is the best way to keep our team full strength. If you can have catchers strong all season, it’s a strength.”