Angels catcher Suzuki 'alert' after suffering neck contusion

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Los Angeles Angels catcher Kurt Suzuki is "alert" after suffering a neck contusion when he was struck by a warm-up pitch during a 6-5 defeat to the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday.

Suzuki was removed from the game at Angel Stadium after a pitch from Michael Lorenzen before the third inning bounced in front of him and struck him on the neck.

The 38-year-old was assessed by a trainer and manager Joe Maddon before being helped down the steps.

Suzuki was taken to hospital, but returned to the stadium following a check-up.

A statement released by the Angels said: "Kurt Suzuki was removed from tonight's game with a neck contusion. He is alert and currently undergoing further testing.

"Additional information will be released at the appropriate time."

Suzuki could reportedly be available to face the Blue Jays on Sunday.

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