Kurt Suzuki injury update: Nationals catcher (HBP) 'ready to go' for NLCS

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Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki, who left Game 5 of the National League Division Series on Wednesday after being hit by a 94-mph fastball by Dodgers starter Walker Buehler, "should be ready to go" Friday for Game 1 of the NL Championship Series against the Cardinals, manager Dave Martinez said Thursday.

Suzuki underwent X-rays on his hand, which came back negative.

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Somewhat fortunately for Suzuki, the ball first hit his hand/wrist and then glanced into his face, but it still hit him with plenty of force for it to hurt.

Suzuki was replaced in Thursday's eventual 7-3 Nationals win by Yan Gomes as Washington was trailing 3-1 in the seventh.

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The NLCS opens Friday with Game 1 at 8 p.m. ET in St. Louis.

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