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Wed, 12 Jun 2013 16:38:15 -0700
Philadelphia Phillies C Erik Kratz (knee) had surgery to repair a torn medial meniscus on Wednesday, June 12. He will be out for six to eight weeks, per team officials.
Fantasy Tip: Hopefully Carlos Ruiz remains healthy by the time Kratz returns so that Kratz is strictly a backup then.
Mon, 10 Jun 2013 15:17:17 -0700
An MRI on Philadelphia Phillies C Erik Kratz's (knee) left knee revealed a meniscus tear, which will require surgery. Recovery time will be determined after he goes under the knife.
Fantasy Tip: The uninspiring duo of Humberto Quintero and Steven Lerud will continue manning backstop duties until Carlos Ruiz (hamstring) comes back, likely within the next two weeks.
Sun, 09 Jun 2013 11:04:01 -0700
The Philadelphia Phillies have placed C Erik Kratz (knee) on the 15-day disabled list because of a left knee injury. Kratz was hurt while running to first base during the ninth inning Saturday, June 8, when he heard his knee pop, according to manager Charlie Manuel. In a corresponding move, C Steve Lerud was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Tue, 04 Jun 2013 15:43:26 -0700
Philadelphia Phillies C Carlos Ruiz (hamstring) is optimistic he can return in two weeks from his strained right hamstring. He is eyeing June 17 as a return date after he took swings in the cages for the first time Tuesday, June 4, and ran Monday, June 3. Ruiz will likely go on a minor league rehab assignment.
Fantasy Tip: Ruiz is on the waiver wire in most mixed leagues thanks to his injury and his poor start after returning to the season late after a PED-related suspension. He should be picked up again in two-catcher leagues upon his return. Those in deeper mixed leagues that start only one catcher can probably hold off for now. In the meantime, Erik Kratz will handle the bulk of the catching duties in Philly.
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.