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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: 6 | Salary: $496,000 | Owned/Started%: 0/0 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Royals catcher Erik Kratz goes 1 for 4 in rehab appearance Monday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2015) Royals catcher Erik Kratz went 1 for 4 at the plate on Monday for Triple-A Omaha as a part of his rehab assignment. Kratz a double and his fourth RBI while on assignment. He is hitting .250 with a home run in four games.

Kratz is currently on the 15-day DL with a foot injury and has not played in the majors since May 3.


Royals facing decision on backup catchers Erik Kratz, Drew Butera


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) The Royals will have to make a decision soon on what they will do with their backup catcher role, according to MLB.com.

Erik Kratz was pegged as the team's second catcher, even after the team acquired Drew Butera from the Angels. With Kratz currently on the DL, Butera has done well in his place, posting a .218 average with four runs scored this season. Manager Ned Yost will answer when he has Kratz available.

"I'm not going to answer those questions until Kratzie comes off the rehab," Yost said. "We'll make a determination then and do it like we always do. We'll get together as an organization and plot it out.

"Right now, we got two really good options and we have to decide the best option."

Yost really likes the defense Kratz brings to the plate.

"Butera's defense is really good. Kratzie's offensive capabilities, mostly his power, is very, very good," Yost said. "Butera's offense is good and he understands situations to do what you want your backup catcher to do -- he can bunt, go the other way, move runners. You got a runner on third base and [Butera] will find a way to get him in."


Royals' Erik Kratz drives in two runs in rehab debut Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Royals catcher Erik Kratz began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Omaha on Thursday, going 1 for 4 with two RBI in his team's 9-6 win.

Kratz played all nine innings at catcher in the game in addition to driving in two runs. He's working his way back from a foot injury.


Royals' Erik Kratz to begin rehab assignment Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Royals catcher Erik Kratz will go out on a rehab assignment on Thursday, the Kansas City Star reports.

Kratz is expected to join Triple-A Omaha as he continues his recovery from a foot injury, MLB.com reports. He was 0 for 4 in four games with the Royals before hitting the disabled list.


Royals catcher Erik Kratz may head for rehab assignment next week


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2015) Royals catcher Erik Kratz is getting closer to his return to the majors, according to MLB.com. Kratz, who is currently on the 15-day DL with a foot injury, was eligible to come off the disabled list on Tuesday.

However, trainer Nick Kenney said Kratz will likely need to go on rehab assignment before he returns, which could happen as early as next week.

"It just takes time to get that [plantar fasciitis] out of there," Kenney said.

Kratz has begun baseball activities as a part of his rehab. He is 0 for 4 so far this season.


Royals will give Erik Kratz a rehab stint before activating


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2015) Injured Royals catcher Erik Kratz isn't ready to come off the disabled list yet. When he is, he'll do a minor league rehab assignment before getting activated, manager Ned Yost said on Sunday. 

Kratz has been out with a foot injury. The rehab stint will get him live at bats while giving the team time to figure out the backup catching situation, per Fox Kansas City.


Royals send Erik Kratz to disabled list, recall Francisco Pena


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) The Royals placed catcher Erik Kratz on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday due to a foot injury and recalled catcher Francisco Pena from Triple-A Omaha, MLB.com reports.

Kratz suffered the injury during his last at-bat Sunday. He's just 0 for 4 in four appearancecs. Pena has hit .239/.282/.343 with one home run, five RBI and two stolen bases in 67 Triple-A at-bats.


Salvador Perez, Alex Gordon out of Royals' Sunday lineup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) Royals catcher Salvador Perez and left fielder Alex Gordon are both out of the team's starting lineup for Sunday. 

Both players are being rested. Erik Kratz will catch, in just his second game appearance of the year. Kratz is batting seventh in the lineup. 

Jarrod Dyson will play left and bat ninth.


Royals' Lorenzo Cain, Salvador Perez might get day off this week


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain might get a day off Wednesday against the Twins, with Jarrod Dyson replacing him in the starting lineup, manager Ned Yost said Monday.

Yost also indicated Erik Kratz might also get a start in place of catcher Salvador Perez on Thursday.

Cain and Perez have started all seven games, including Monday at Minnesota.


Royals' Yost going away from built-in days off for Salvador Perez


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2015) Royals manager Ned Yost was considering having Erik Kratz as a personal catcher for one of the pitchers in the team's rotation as a way of having built-in days off for starting catcher Salvador Perez. However, Yost is no longer going to use that plan.

"Just not going to happen," Yost said Wednesday, per MLB.com."I talked to my staff and decided that's not what we want to do. We'll pick spots and give Sal a day off. We'll look for days -- a Saturday off or a Sunday. We just decided to go that way."

Yost added it will be up to the coaching staff to make sure Perez, who appeared in a career-high 150 games in 2014, gets time off in 2015.

"You got so many off-days early in the season," Yost said. "[The rest] comes into play about June, July and August. But then in September, that's it [for days off] unless we have a big lead."


Royals' Pena thinks extra offseason reps will help him earn a spot


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2015) Royals backup catcher Francisco Pena told reporters that his reps for the Dominican Republican in the Caribbean Series earlier in February could help him win a spot on the roster this spring, per MLB.com.

"I feel like the more games you play, the more chances you have to get better," Pena said. "I love baseball. It's what I know. I was inspired by watching the World Series, and I saw how much hard work and sacrifice it takes to get there. That's also something my father taught me, to work hard and be prepared."

Pena was a September callup last season, but only made one appearance in the majors in 2014. Although it's early in camp, Pena has an outside shot to make the club. The Royals have Erik Kratz currently listed as the backup to starter Salvador Perez.


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 | Senior Analyst
(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.