Erik Kratz C TOR 10 Days

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

Kratz appeared in seven games with the Blue Jays, going 2-for-10 (.200) with a homer and four RBI. He'll continue to provide depth at Triple-A and should get another opportunity with the Jays soon enough.

Erik Kratz C TOR 23 Days

Erik Kratz launched a pinch-hit homer in Monday's loss to the Rays.

Kratz was just called back up Sunday when Casey Janssen went on the DL and took David Price deep in the eight to break up Tampa's shutout. As the third catcher, most of his playing time while he's up will probably be as a pinch-hitter.

Erik Kratz C TOR 24 Days

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

He takes the roster spot of the injured Casey Janssen (back). Kratz will serve as a third catcher.

Erik Kratz C TOR 28 Days

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

The news was tweeted by Kratz's agent, which means that Josh Thole has won the backup catcher job. It's a surprising decision, as Kratz hit .400 (10-for-25) with two homers this spring, but apparently the Jays value Thole's ability to catch knuckleballer R.A. Dickey.

Erik Kratz C TOR 1 Month

Erik Kratz hit a pair of homers against his former team to lead the Blue Jays past the Phillies 3-1 on Thursday.

The Phillies traded Kratz to the Jays for Brad Lincoln back in December. Kratz has been competing with Josh Thole for the backup gig in Toronto this spring, but there's little doubt that he'll be the choice. He's hitting .455 in 22 at-bats.

Erik Kratz C TOR 5 Months

Blue Jays acquired C Erik Kratz and LHP Rob Rasmussen from the Phillies for RHP Brad Lincoln.

Kratz figures to operate as Dioner Navarro's backup, meaning Josh Thole will likely no longer be on the roster. The 33-year-old backstop has batted .228/.291/.435 while slugging nine homers each of the last two seasons with the Phillies.

Erik Kratz C TOR 9 Months

Phillies activated C Erik Kratz from the 15-day disabled list.

He hadn't been slated for activation until the second half, but Ben Revere's injury sped up that timetable. The Phillies will carry three catchers for the time being with Carlos Ruiz a little banged up.

Erik Kratz C TOR 10 Months

Erik Kratz (knee) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment on Monday with Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Kratz should be back in the major leagues by the end of this week. He has been on the disabled list since June 9 because of a medial meniscus tear in his left knee.

Erik Kratz C TOR 10 Months

Erik Kratz (knee) is expected to return closer to the short end of his 4-6 week timetable.

Kratz underwent surgery in mid-June to repair the medial meniscus tear in his left knee. "He'll be closer to four weeks than six weeks," Phillies GM Ruben Amaro said. "He's coming along really well." Kratz will visit with knee specialist Dr. Michael Ciccotti later this week to see if he's ready to begin a rehab assignment. He should be activated shortly after the All-Star break.

Erik Kratz C TOR 10 Months

Erik Kratz underwent surgery on Wednesday morning to repair the medial meniscus tear in his left knee.

Kratz is expected to be out for the next 6-8 weeks. Humberto Quintero and Steven Lerud will serve as the Phillies' catchers until Carlos Ruiz (hamstring) is healthy.