Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:55:06 -0700
The Toronto Blue Jays optioned C Erik Kratz to the minors Sunday, April 13.
Mon, 31 Mar 2014 08:54:39 -0700
Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said the team doesn't expect RP Casey Janssen (side, back) to be out long with a strain in his left side and lower back. C Erik Kratz was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo when the team put Janssen on the disabled list. Janssen will be eligible to return April 13.
Fantasy Tip: This could be a tricky injury to shake quickly, especially for Janssen, since he didn't see much action this spring. Prepare for an absence longer than his short DL stint. If you haven't already done so, Sergio Santos should be added immediately in all leagues.
Wed, 26 Mar 2014 09:09:41 -0700
Toronto Blue Jays C Josh Thole has won the backup catching job over C Erik Kratz. Thole will be tasked with catching SP R.A. Dickey.
Thu, 13 Mar 2014 07:48:37 -0700
Toronto Blue Jays OF Moises Sierra and C Erik Kratz are in good position to make the club as bench options. Sierra has an advantage over OF Anthony Gose because Sierra is out of options and hits right-handed, which would complement DH Adam Lind for platoon duties. Melky Cabrera would be the backup center fielder if Sierra makes the club. Kratz is beating out C Josh Thole because he's been SP R.A. Dickey's primary receiver. Still, the backup backstop competition probably will last until the end of camp.
Fantasy Tip: Sierra is an intriguing AL-only dice roll because of his power-speed mix. Gose's speed could be just as useful for hopeful, cautious bidders.
Fri, 21 Feb 2014 16:23:42 -0800
The plan is for Toronto Blue Jays C Erik Kratz to continue working with SP R.A. Dickey this spring, meaning Kratz has the inside track over C Josh Thole for the job to back up C Dioner Navarro. However, manager John Gibbons is saying not to read anything into it, despite praising Kratz's work with the knuckleballer.
Tue, 03 Dec 2013 18:57:07 -0800
The Toronto Blue Jays acquired C Erik Kratz and P Rob Rasmussen from the Philadelphia Phillies Tuesday, Dec. 3, for P Brad Lincoln.
Fantasy Tip: Kratz is expected to serve as the backup to Dioner Navarro, who recently signed a big deal with the club. Kratz has some decent pop, but is only worth a look in deeper AL-only fantasy leagues given his spot on the depth chart.
Sun, 14 Jul 2013 13:10:19 -0700
The Philadelphia Phillies are unlikely to carry three catchers on their 25-man roster after the All-Star break.
Fantasy Tip: Humberto Quintero appears to be the odd man out, with Erik Kratz returning from the disabled list. Expect Carlos Ruiz to continue getting the bulk of the starts behind the plate, with Kratz spelling him once or twice a week.
Sun, 14 Jul 2013 09:01:12 -0700
The Philadelphia Phillies have placed OF Ben Revere (foot) on the 15-day disabled list because of a broken foot. In a corresponding move, the team has activated C Erik Kratz (knee) from the 15-day disabled list.
Sat, 13 Jul 2013 12:40:37 -0700
Philadelphia Phillies C Erik Kratz (knee) has moved to Double-A Reading to continue his rehab assignment.
Mon, 08 Jul 2013 15:29:34 -0700
Philadelphia Phillies C Erik Kratz (knee) started his rehab assignment with Triple-A Lehigh Valley Monday, July 8. He's ahead of schedule and could return to the team this weekend.