- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 15, 2019

After ace pitcher Max Scherzer came off the injured list Aug. 22 and first baseman Ryan Zimmerman returned Sept. 1, it seemed the Washington Nationals were getting healthy just in time.

Now the Nationals have a depth problem at catcher, where veteran Kurt Suzuki missed his sixth game in a row with right elbow inflammation as the Nationals lost 10-1 to the Atlanta Braves on Saturday.

The Nationals hope he can take batting practice soon.

“Once we do that, we can see how far we can push him to be ready,” Nationals manager Dave Martinez said.

Suzuki has been the top catcher for the Nationals this year and is hitting .260 with 16 homers.

Washington has been relying on veteran catcher Yan Gomes (.210, 10 homers), but Raudy Read made his first start with the Nationals on Saturday.

Another catcher on the active roster is Tres Barrera, who spent the entire year at Double-A Harrisburg before being called up.

The Nationals (81-66) hold a lead over the Chicago Cubs (80-68) for the top wild-card spot — now 1 1/2 games after the Cubs won Saturday.

Washington had lost eight of 12 going into the series finale Sunday with first-place Atlanta.


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