"Obviously we played him a little more than we probably wanted to early on, but he's fine," McClendon said. "And he's done a nice job for us."
Sucre, who caught the last four innings of Wednesday's 8-1 loss to the Twins, will likely play about two games a week going forward. McClendon likes Sucre's defensive prowess and said he wasn't concerned at all with matching him with Iwakuma and his nasty splitter.
"He's not a stranger to Kuma," McClendon said. "He caught him in Spring Training. He knows him. He won't have any hiccups."
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