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Erik Kratz | Catcher

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (34) / 6/15/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 240
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Contract: view contract details

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Erik Kratz (foot) could begin a rehab assignment next week.
Kratz, who is nursing plantar fasciitis in his foot, has resumed baseball activities. "It just takes time to get that [plantar fasciitis] out of there," Royals trainer Nick Kenney said. Kratz could return before the end of the month. May 19 - 10:50 PM

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Royals placed C Erik Kratz on the 15-day disabled list with a foot injury.

It's not clear how long Kratz will be sidelined. He has logged just five plate appearances (and zero hits) this season as the backup to catcher Salvador Perez.
May 6 - 4:53 PM

Erik Kratz went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run in Saturday's Cactus League contest with the White Sox.

The homer was Kratz's second of the spring. The catcher, who will likely open the season as Salvador Perez's primary backup, is hitting .280 with three RBI in 25 spring at-bats.
Mar 21 - 7:10 PM

Erik Kratz entered the game as a pinch-hitter and hit two solo home runs in his only two plate appearances in Monday's win against the Twins.

The home runs were Kratz's first two as a Royal after joining the team in a July 28 trade with the Blue Jays. Kratz's first home run extended the Royals' lead to 4-0 in the seventh, and his second came in the ninth inning to make it a 6-1 game. Including his time with the Jays, Kratz has five home runs, 12 RBI, and a .234/.258/.426 slash line in 97 plate appearances.
Mon, Aug 18, 2014 11:35:00 PM

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.
Mon, Jul 28, 2014 07:18:00 PM

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.
Tue, Jul 22, 2014 02:26:00 PM

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.
Wed, Jul 9, 2014 01:36:00 AM

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.
Mon, Jun 23, 2014 02:07:00 PM

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

He's replacing Dioner Navarro, who was placed on the bereavement list. Kratz will share time behind the plate with Josh Thole.
Wed, May 14, 2014 02:21:00 PM

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

The Blue Jays also placed Sergio Santos (elbow) on the disabled list while calling up right-hander Chad Jenkins and infielder Jonathan Diaz. Kratz is hitting .231 (6-for-26) with two home runs and six RBI in 11 games with the Blue Jays this season.
Mon, May 12, 2014 04:06:00 PM

Erik Kratz went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Wednesday's win over the Phillies.

Kratz hit what appeared to be at the time an important home run, a two-run shot in the seventh inning to put the Jays up 3-0. It was the start of a nine-run frame against starter Cliff Lee and the Phillies' bullpen. Kratz singled later in the inning as well. Kratz has only had a small amount of playing time but has a .522 slugging percentage in 23 trips to the plate.
Wed, May 7, 2014 09:40:00 PM

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

The Jays are looking for some flexibility as they prepare to play five games in National League parks. Kratz has two hits -- including a home run -- in 10 at-bats this season for Toronto.
Fri, May 2, 2014 10:55:00 AM

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.
Sun, Apr 13, 2014 04:53:00 PM

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.
Mon, Mar 31, 2014 08:21:00 PM

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.
Sun, Mar 30, 2014 03:33:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Salvador Perez
2Erik Kratz
3Drew Butera
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Omar Infante
2Christian Colon
SS1Alcides Escobar
3B1Mike Moustakas
LF1Alex Gordon
CF1Lorenzo Cain
RF1Alex Rios
2Paulo Orlando
3Jarrod Dyson
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
S1Yordano Ventura
2Jason Vargas
3Jeremy Guthrie
4Edinson Volquez
5Danny Duffy
6Chris Young
7Kris Medlen
Relief Pitcher
R1Greg Holland
2Wade Davis
3Kelvin Herrera
4Jason Frasor
5Luke Hochevar
6Franklin Morales
7Ryan Madson
8Joe Blanton
9Tim Collins
10Brian Flynn