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19 Erik Kratz C
Height/Weight: 6-4/240 | Birthdate: 6/15/1980 | Birthplace: Telford, PA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Kansas City | College: None | MLB Experience: 5 | Salary: $496,000 | Owned/Started%: 0/0 | Average Draft Position: 592.00
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Erik Kratz swings big bat as reserve


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) Royals catcher Erik Kratz made a huge impact Monday, in a 6-4 win over the Twins.

Kratz entered the game as an injury replacement in the seventh inning and slugged two solo home runs in his two at-bats, providing the winning margin for the game.  

Kratz has been productive since returning to the Royals in late July, hitting 6 for 13 with two home runs, two RBI and three runs scored. 


Royals make several roster moves Monday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) The Royals have assigned newly acquired pitcher Liam Hendricks to Triple-A Omaha, FOX Sports Kansas City reports. Erik Kratz, who was also acquired in the Danny Valencia trade, will join the big-league team Tuesday. The Royals have also recalled shortstop Christian Colon and designated catcher Brett Hayes for assignment.

Blue Jays trade away Liam Hendriks, Erik Kratz to Royals


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) The Blue Jays have traded pitcher Liam Hendriks and catcher Erik Kratz to the Royals, according to Sportsnet.ca.

Hendricks went 8-1 with a 2.33 ERA in 18 appearances (16 starts) with Triple-A Buffalo. he was shelled for six runs over 1 2/3 innings in his last major-league start on June 21. Kratz hit .299 with three homers and 17 RBI in 87 at-bats. Kratz is expected to join the big-league team, per SB Nation.

Erik Kratz sent back to Triple-A


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2014) The Blue Jays optioned catcher Erik Kratz to Triple-A Buffalo Tuesday, less than two weeks after he was recalled.

Kratz appeared in four games in his most recent stint, but had just one hit in 13 at-bats. He is hitting just .198 overall for the season.  


Erik Kratz gets the call Wednesday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) The Blue Jays recalled catcher Erik Kratz from Triple-A Buffalo Wednesday, as expected.

Kratz is taking the roster spot vacated by Cole Gillespie, who was placed on the disabled list. Kratz is hitting .221/.254/.382 in 30 games with the Blue Jays this season. 


Erik Kratz set to join Blue Jays Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Blue Jays catcher Erik Kratz will be recalled before Wednesday's game to take the roster spot of Cole Gillespie, who is heading to the disabled list, Sportsnet reports.

Kratz made 30 appearances with the Blue Jays earlier this season, hitting .221/.254/.382 with three home runs and 10 RBI in 68 at-bats. He owns a .316/.374/.557 line in 79 at-bats with Triple-A Buffalo.


Erik Kratz possibly coming up Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/3/2014) Blue Jays catcher Erik Kratz may be coming up Friday, according to MLB.com.

Manager John Gibbons hinted that Kratz could join the major-league roster Friday. He did not discuss which player would be sent down in order to make room for Kratz. Over 68 at-bats, Kratz is hitting .221.


Erik Kratz demoted to minors


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2014) The Blue Jays optioned catcher Erik Kratz to Triple-A Buffalo. He hit .221 with three homers and 10 RBI in 68 major league at-bats.

Blue Jays make moves Wednesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2014) The Blue Jays have promoted catcher Erik Kratz and right-hander Neil Wagner from Triple-A Buffalo and demoted righty Chad Jenkins.

Kratz made a quick turnaround after being sent down Monday.


Jonathan Diaz recalled to take Erik Kratz's roster spot


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2014) The Blue Jays optioned catcher Erik Kratz to Triple-A Buffalo Monday. The team recalled infielder Jonathan Diaz from Buffalo to take Kratz's roster spot.

Erik Kratz likely to remain in Toronto


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2014) Blue Jays catcher Erik Kratz may not end up going back down to the minors as quickly as expected, as manager John Gibbons gave him a vote of confidence after Wednesday's 10-0 win over the Phillies.

Gibbons told SportsNet.ca he will try to keep Kratz with the big-league squad despite the looming return of Adam Lind from the disabled list. Kratz certainly helped his cause Wednesday, clubbing his second home run of the season, a two-run shot, while going 2 for 4 overall.

Kratz is hitting .261/.261/.522 in 23 at-bats over two separate stints with the Blue Jays this season.   


Erik Kratz expected to be demoted to minors


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2014) Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said the team is likely to demote a catcher when Adam Lind (back) comes off the disabled list, which is expected to happen Thursday. Erik Kratz is the catcher expected to be taken off the roster.

Erik Kratz set to join Blue Jays


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2014) The Blue Jays are set to promote catcher Erik Kratz from Triple-A Buffalo as the team prepares to play this weekend against the National League Pirates and are seeking bench options, per Sportsnet.

The 33-year-old Kratz played seven games with Toronto earlier in the year and managed two hits, including a home run, in 10 at-bats.


Blue Jays make a change to roster


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2014) The Blue Jays announced after Sunday's game against the Orioles that catcher Erik Kratz was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo. To take his roster spot, infielder Munenori Kawasaki will be recalled from the minors before Tuesday's game against the Twins.

Blue Jays recall catcher Erik Kratz


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2014) The Blue Jays announced catcher Erik Kratz was recalled from the minors Sunday to take the roster spot of closer Casey Janssen, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list.

Blue Jays cut two from spring roster


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2014) The Blue Jays announced Wednesday catcher Erik Kratz was reassigned to minor-league camp. They also announced outfielder Matt Tuiasosopo won't make the team and is expected to be placed on waivers.

Erik Kratz headed to the minors


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2014) Blue Jays catcher Erik Kratz will be sent to the minors, according to his agency.

Kratz had a strong spring, hitting .400 over 25 at-bats. The move means that Josh Thole will assume the backup role in Toronto again. Kratz hit .213 in 197 at-bats in Philadelphia last year.


Erik Kratz could slug way to roster spot for Blue Jays


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2014) Catcher Erik Kratz is making one heck of a pitch to stick with the Blue Jays. While his teammates were slumbering at the plate Thursday against the Phillies, he went 3 for 3 with two home runs, including one in the ninth inning that gave his team a bit of breathing room.

Kratz raised his spring batting average to .455 with the fine effort. He has two home runs and five RBI in 22 at-bats.


Blue Jays trade Brad Lincoln to Phillies for Erik Kratz and Rob Rasmussen


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/3/2013) The Toronto Blue Jays announced Tuesday they have traded right-hander Brad Lincoln to the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for catcher Erik Kratz and left-hander Rob Rasmussen on Tuesday.

Lincoln went 1-2 with a 3.98 ERA, 1.58 WHIP, and 25:22 K:BB ratio in 31 2/3 innings in the majors last season with Toronto.

Kratz played a career-high 68 games last season and batted .213/.280/.386 with nine home runs and 26 RBI. Rasmussen was acquired in the trade earlier in the month that sent Michael Young to Los Angeles. He went 3-11 with a 4.11 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 113:60 K:BB ratio in 135 2/3 innings between Double-A Chattanooga and Triple-A Albuquerque.

Phillies activate Erik Kratz


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(7/14/2013) The Phillies have activated catcher Erik Kratz from the 15-day disabled list, the club announced Sunday. Kratz has been out with a knee injury since June 8. He was expected to miss more time, but the Phillies needed an extra catcher on the roster with Carlos Ruiz banged up. Kratz went 2 for 12 in three rehab games at Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Erik Kratz nearing a return


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2013) The Phillies could get catcher Erik Kratz back when the All-Star break ends next week, MLB.com reports Wednesday. He has been rehabbing in Triple-A Lehigh Valley from his left knee meniscus surgery, and will be in the mix to start immediately upon his return.

"We'll see who comes out and plays when we have them both," manager Charlie Manuel said. "We'll see how they play."

Kratz has been out since early June, but already has returned to game action on his minor-league rehab assignment. 


Erik Kratz goes hitless in rehab debut


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2013) Phillies catcher Erik Kratz went 0 for 3 and caught five innings in his first rehab appearances with Triple-A Lehigh Valley Monday. He is recovering from mid-June knee surgery.

Erik Kratz to begin rehab assignment Monday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2013) Phillies catcher Erik Kratz (knee) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Lehigh Valley Monday, the team announced after Sunday's game. Kratz has been sidelined since early June.

Erik Kratz 'really close' to playing


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2013) Phillies catcher Erik Kratz, who underwent knee surgery in mid-June to repair a torn medial meniscus in his left knee, is hitting, catching and running, according to MLB.com. Kratz said he feels better than he did prior to getting hurt.

"I'm very surprised," Kratz said. "It's amazing. I know I'm supposed to take my time, but I've passed every test. Eventually, you'll have to play in a game. I feel really close to that."


Erik Kratz already catching as part of recovery


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2013) Phillies catcher Erik Kratz is progressing well in his recovery from knee surgery and could be back sooner than expected, according to MLB.com.

"Kratz is catching bullpens and started a running program," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "He's going to be closer to four weeks than six weeks. Not sure when we'll get him into games; he'll be seen when we get back."

Kratz underwent surgery June 12, so he could be back pretty soon based on Amaro's timeline. It is not yet known when Kratz will be able to begin swinging.