Suzuki, Fox could both be top 10 catchers

Updated: April 30, 2010, 4:07 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
What worries me about productive catchers who play a ton of games is that they will eventually tire, not only in the second half of a season, but cumulatively after a few years. That happened to Paul LoDuca, it has been happening to Russell Martin, and recently I've been thinking Oakland Athletics catcher Kurt Suzuki is a candidate to run out of gas as well. He's a catcher who played in 148 and 147 games, respectively, the past two seasons, easily more than anyone else.

That is why, in a way, the fact that Suzuki is expected to be placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday because of a rib-cage strain and will miss a few weeks isn't really such a bad thing. Sure, you won't get to enjoy his underrated production until at least May 11, but it's a six-month season, and fantasy owners should want him hitting well in August and September. Every little bit of rest has to help, and what we do not want is a catcher playing through injury and hitting .150 over a fortnight.