Erik Kratz C KC 3 days ago

Kratz will begin a rehab assignment Thursday, Josh Vernier of 610 Sports Radio in Kansas City reports.

It was originally thought that Kratz would wait until next week to start the assignment, but he'll head to Triple-A Omaha on Thursday in hopes of returning to the Royals as soon as possible. Considering he hit the DL on May 6, he's not on pace to miss much more than the minimum 15 days. Once Kratz is healthy, he'll slide back into his role as the primary backup to Salvador Perez.

Erik Kratz C KC 4 days ago

Kratz (foot) will likely go on a rehab assignment this week, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.

Kratz was placed on the disabled list on May 6, so it doesn't appear as though he'll have to miss much more than the minimum 15 days with the foot ailment. The Royals recently acquired Drew Butera, but Kratz is still expected to return to his role as backup catcher once he's fully healthy.

Erik Kratz C KC 2 weeks ago

Despite the Royals trading for Drew Butera on Thursday, Kratz is still viewed as the backup catcher once he is healthy, the Kansas City Star's Andy McCullough reports.

He will be sidelined for two weeks, at which point the Royals will need to make a roster move, likely sending Butera to Triple-A. Unfortuantely, unless Salvador Perez gets hurt, Kratz will only get a couple starts per month as the Royals' backup catcher.

Erik Kratz C KC 2 weeks ago

Kratz was placed on the 15-day DL on Wednesday with a foot injury, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.

Kratz served as a pinch-hitter during Sunday's contest, and apparently sustained the injury during his lone at bat. The exact nature and extent of his injury are currently unknown, but Francisco Pena will get recalled to take his spot on the roster.

Erik Kratz C KC 2 months ago

The plan to use Kratz as a personal catcher for one member of the Royals' rotation has been scrapped, the Kansas City Star's Andy McCullough reports.

When asked how the team planned to find rest for Salvador Perez, manager Ned Yost said, "We'll figure it out." Kratz remains the team's backup catcher, but if Yost stubbornly continues to give Perez an unsustainable workload behind the plate it will make it very difficult to extract enough value out of Kratz for him to be useful in any but the deepest of leagues.

Erik Kratz C KC 9 months ago

Kratz blasted his fourth and fifth home runs of the season Monday against the Twins.

Kratz entered the game in the seventh for Salvador Perez, who had a knee issue. The catcher is batting .234 on the year and could see more at-bats if Perez is out for an extended period.

Erik Kratz C KC 10 months ago

Royals acquired C Erik Kratz and RHP Liam Hendriks from the Blue Jays in exchange for 3B Danny Valencia.

Kratz has hit .198/.226/.346 with three homers over 34 games for the Jays this season. He's show pop in his career with 21 homers over 501 plate appearances and is likely to take over as Salvador Perez's primary backup.

Erik Kratz C KC 10 months ago

Blue Jays optioned C Erik Kratz to Triple-A Buffalo.

The Blue Jays are expected to make multiple roster moves in advance of Tuesday's game. Kratz has hit .198 with three homers and a .572 OPS over 84 plate appearances with the Jays this season.

Erik Kratz C KC 10 months ago

Blue Jays recalled C Erik Kratz from Triple-A Buffalo.

Kratz has hit .221/.254/.382 with three homers in 71 plate appearances this season for the Jays. He's not going to receive much playing time.

Erik Kratz C KC 11 months ago

Blue Jays optioned C Erik Kratz to Triple-A Buffalo.

Kratz has hit .221/.254/.382 in 71 plate appearances this season as a backup catcher for the Blue Jays.