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Mon, 20 May 2013 14:32:41 -0700
Philadelphia Phillies C Carlos Ruiz (hamstring) will land on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, May 21, with a Grade 2 hamstring strain.
Fantasy Tip: Ruiz was disappointing at the plate after missing the first 25 games of the season thanks to a PED suspension. In single-catcher mixed league formats, it's probably safe to drop Ruiz at this time. Erik Kratz is expected to take over the primary catching duties, although he could split with Humberto Quintero.
Sun, 19 May 2013 11:35:08 -0700
Updating a previous report, Philadelphia Phillies C Carlos Ruiz (hamstring) was removed from the game Sunday, May 19, because of a right hamstring strain.
Fantasy Tip: Unfortunately, this is an injury which usually requires a trip to the disabled list, especially for catchers. C Humberto Quintero is expected to be called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley if a DL stint for Ruiz is required, but C Erik Kratz will get the bulk of the work behind the plate. Kratz has minimal value in NL-only leagues.
Sun, 19 May 2013 10:22:48 -0700
Philadelphia Phillies C Carlos Ruiz (leg) was injured while running the bases in the bottom of the second inning Sunday, May 19, against the Cincinnati Reds. He was replaced in the top of the third inning by C Erik Kratz.
Sun, 21 Apr 2013 13:36:21 -0700
Philadelphia Phillies 1B Ryan Howard (groin) will return to the starting lineup against the St. Louis Cardinals Sunday, April 21, batting fourth. OF John Mayberry Jr. will start in right field and bat second, with SS Jimmy Rollins leading off. OF Ben Revere remains in the No. 7 spot in the batting order, with C Erik Kratz batting eighth.
Sun, 14 Apr 2013 08:27:39 -0700
Philadelphia Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins and C Erik Kratz are not in the starting lineup against the Miami Marlins Sunday, April 14. INF Freddy Galvis will start at shortstop and C Humberto Quintero will start behind the plate.
Mon, 08 Apr 2013 12:06:57 -0700
Philadelphia Phillies C Humberto Quintero is catching SP Roy Halladay Monday, April 8, instead of C Erik Kratz. Halladay was particularly upset with a pitch location that Kratz called in his first start against the Atlanta Braves. The pitch wound up being hit for a home run, and Halladay later called the pitch "half-hearted." "We went in with a low target, which isn't what we wanted to do," Halladay said. "You're not going to get him out there. What I wanted to do wasn't executed."
Fantasy Tip: Quintero has now started two of the last three games over Kratz. Don't read too much into this right now, but Kratz's game-calling skills may be starting to hurt his playing time. Remember, Carlos Ruiz will be back after serving his 25-game suspension, too.
Tue, 19 Feb 2013 21:33:57 -0800
The chances Philadelphia Phillies C Humberto Quintero makes the roster are quite good. The team needs a second catcher for 25 games while C Carlos Ruiz serves a suspension for a banned substance. C Erik Kratz will serve as the starter.
Tue, 27 Nov 2012 14:04:34 -0800
Updating a previous report, Philadelphia Phillies C Carlos Ruiz was suspended 25 games after testing positive for Adderall, according to two league sources. Adderall is commonly used to control attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Ruiz will be allowed to take part in spring training and can play in extended spring games in April while he's serving his suspension. C Erik Kratz is expected to see the most playing time in Ruiz's absence and will likely be the opening day catcher.
Thu, 20 Sep 2012 16:13:11 -0700
Philadelphia Phillies C Carlos Ruiz's (foot) foot is improving, but manager Charlie Manuel said his catcher won't be catching four or five games in a row until next season. C Erik Kratz should be around to take some of the load off of Ruiz next year, too.
Mon, 13 Aug 2012 09:44:04 -0700
Philadelphia Phillies C Erik Kratz has proved to be the starting catcher over C Brian Schneider with C Carlos Ruiz (foot) on the disabled list. Kratz is hitting .333 with 11 of his 15 hits going for extra bases. "He's durable. You can beat him up," manager Charlie Manuel said. "You can play him, muscle him around and everything, you can use him. You can treat him tough. That's a part I like about him."