ERIK KRATZ NEWS

Royals Injury Update: Salvador Perez to have MRI on knee

The Kansas City Royals fell to the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday by the score of 5-2. The loss dropped the Royals to 70-56, a game ahead of the Detroit Tigers in the American League Central. Alex Gordon and Erik Kratz knocked in the only runs for the Royals. Kratz was starting for the injured Salvador Perez, out with a knee injury. Perez is scheduled for an MRI on his knee. ...
Via Sports Injury Alert
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Erik Kratz homers twice as Royals down Twins, 6-4; Salvador Perez exits with knee pain

The sequence confirmed the blessed fortune shining on the Royals, even as the events hinted at the organization’s darkest fear. In the seventh inning of a 6-4 victory over Minnesota on Monday, Salvador Perez stood inside the dugout with his shirt untucked and his right knee sore. It was his turn to bat. He would not. Instead Erik Kratz, a 34-year-old backup acquired last month...
Via Pro Sports Daily
August 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals Injury Update: Salvador Perez exits with knee discomfort

The first-place Kansas City Royals removed catcher Salvador Perez from Monday's 6-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins with "discomfort in his right knee," according to  Dick Kaegel of MLB.com (video here and below). Perez was replaced in the seventh inning by Erik Kratz, who homered twice.No X-ray or MRI was taken and Royals manager Ned Yost said he is not concerned...
Via MLB Injury News
August 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Kratz, Vargas Lead Royals Over Twins 6-4

The Kansas City Royals just keep on winning. On July 21st, Kansas City had an unimpressive record of 48-50. Fast forward three weeks, and the Kansas City Royals are 69-55, and now have a two game lead over the Detroit Tigers for the American Central lead. Trevor May cruised through four innings, but hit a wall in the fifth inning. May allowed three walks in the inning, and all of...
Via Royals Blue
August 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Kratz, Vargas lead Royals over Twins 6-4

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Erik Kratz homered twice after replacing an ailing Salvador Perez, and Jason Vargas pitched seven strong innings to lead the first-place Kansas City Royals to a 6-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night. Vargas (10-5) allowed one run on four this and struck out three, but had his scoreless innings streak snapped at 17 when Oswaldo Arcia hit a solo homer...
Via AP on Fox
August 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Kratz goes yard twice for Royals after knee discomfort sidelines Perez

MINNEAPOLIS -- The joy from taking three out of four games from Minnesota and winning their eighth straight series was tainted a bit for the Royals over concern for their All-Star catcher, Sal Perez. Perez left Monday's game -- a 6-4 win by the Royals -- because of discomfort in his right knee. Manager Ned Yost said afterward that Perez injured his patellar tendon as he came...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
August 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals evade Twins, 6-4

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Erik Kratz homered twice after replacing an ailing Salvador Perez, and Jason Vargas pitched seven strong innings to lead the first-place Kansas City Royals to a 6-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night. Vargas (10-5) allowed one run on four this and struck out three, but had his scoreless innings streak snapped at 17 when Oswaldo Arcia hit a solo homer...
Via AP on Fox
August 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Vargas, Kratz lead Royals over Twins 6-4

MINNEAPOLIS -- Erik Kratz homered twice after replacing an ailing Salvador Perez, and Jason Vargas pitched seven strong innings to lead the first-place Kansas City Royals to a 6-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night. Vargas (10-5) allowed one run on four this and struck out three, but had his scoreless innings streak snapped at 17 when Oswaldo Arcia hit a solo homer...
Via AP on Fox
August 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals evade Twins, 6-4

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Erik Kratz homered twice after replacing an ailing Salvador Perez, and Jason Vargas pitched seven strong innings to lead the first-place Kansas City Royals to a 6-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night. Vargas (10-5) allowed one run on four this and struck out three, but had his scoreless innings streak snapped at 17 when Oswaldo Arcia hit a solo homer...
Via Fox Sports North
August 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Vargas, Kratz lead Royals over Twins 6-4

MINNEAPOLIS -- Erik Kratz homered twice after replacing an ailing Salvador Perez, and Jason Vargas pitched seven strong innings to lead the first-place Kansas City Royals to a 6-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night. Vargas (10-5) allowed one run on four this and struck out three, but had his scoreless innings streak snapped at 17 when Oswaldo Arcia hit a solo homer...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
August 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Jays get third baseman from Kansas City in deadline-week trade

It is hardly the blockbuster that many fans were hoping for but the Toronto Blue Jays have made a deal in advance of Thursday’s non-waiver Major League Baseball trade deadline. The Blue Jays have sent backup catcher Erik Kratz and pitcher Liam Hendriks, who were both playing in Triple-A for the Buffalo Bisons, to the Kansas City Royals in exchange for third baseman Danny Valencia...
Via Pro Sports Daily
July 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals trade Valencia, designate Hayes for assignment

BOSTON -- The Toronto Blue Jays have traded right-hander Liam Hendriks and catcher Erik Kratz to the Kansas City Royals for infielder Danny Valencia. The deal between playoff contenders was announced as the Blue Jays were starting their game in Boston on Monday night. The 29-year-old Valencia hit .282 with two home runs and 11 RBI in 36 games for Kansas City. He also has played for...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
July 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Blue Jays place 2B Izturis on DL, option C Kratz

BALTIMORE (AP) The Toronto Blue Jays have placed second baseman Maicer Izturis on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left knee and optioned catcher Erik Kratz to Triple-A Buffalo.
Via FOXSports.com
April 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Former Phillies Catcher, Erik Kratz, Joins Twitter

Today seems like a great day for a first tweet. Why not!? pic.twitter.com/xunuGo0lbe — Erik Kratz (@ErikKratz31) March 31, 2014 That's right, former Phillies' backup catcher from 2011 through 2013 has joined Twitter. Kratz joins Roy Halladay (@RoyHalladay) as recently departing Phillies that have joined the well-utilized social media website....
Via Philliedelphia
March 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Josh Thole's knuckleball mitt beats out Kratz's bat

The Toronto Blue Jays made their decision on a backup catcher yesterday when they kept Josh Thole and sent Erik Kratz to the minors. From the outside looking it, it appears that Thole's one skill set determined the outcome--his experience with R.A. Dickey.I should say in advance that I was rooting for Erik Kratz. So anything I write on this subject could be prejudicial....
Via The Flagrant Fan
March 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Big learning curve for Blue Jays' Kratz catching Dickey

Erik Kratz’ hair is thinning, which is a good thing. If he had a thick head of hair he’d be pulling it out in clumps. Kratz appears to be in the driver’s seat as the Blue Jays No. 2 catcher, squatting behind Dioner Navarro in the pecking order. When it comes to catching R.A. Dickey’s elusive knuckleball, though, Kratz is No. 1. This spring, due to his more dangerous bat...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Around the Diamond, 2/18/14

Kratz, Drabek Look to Win Spots on Toronto's Roster Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com has the lowdown on a pair of ex-Phillies in the Toronto Blue Jays organization. First off being catcher Erik Kratz who is battling Josh Thole for the backup catcher role. Dioner Navarro is not expected to catch...
Via Philliedelphia
February 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Despite Trade, Former Phillie Erik Kratz Attends Phillies Phancation

Photo Courtesy: Domonic Brown's Facebook The Phillies are, once again, hosting the Phillies Phancation where fans get to take a week (or four day) long trip with people associated with the team. This year's trip was at a resort in Mexico after several years as a cruise. Players, both former...
Via Philliedelphia
January 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Phillies Fans Will Miss Catcher Erik Kratz, One Of Baseball's Good Guys

Photo: Philliedelphia/Frank Klose Phillies fans seemed to mind losing someone who had become one of their favorite players these last two seasons: backup catcher Erik Kratz. In fact, a fan poll on Philly.com today showed that the fans really do miss Kratz, though the numbers might indicate that that he...
Via Philliedelphia
December 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Goodbye Kratz, Hello Lincoln

With the addition of new backup catcher Wil Nieves, Amaro wasted no time in swapping the unneeded Erik Kratz for relief help.  That "help" comes in the form of ex-Pirate, Brad Lincoln. Lincoln was with the Toronto Blue Jays, but now becomes the newest Phucco (Phillies + Bucco = Phucco, for those of you not in the know).  He is a 28 year old righty that owns a 4.66 ERA...
Via We Should Be GM's
December 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Phils trade C Kratz to Blue Jays for RHP Lincoln

The Philadelphia Phillies traded catcher Erik Kratz and left-hander Rob Rasmussen to the Toronto Blue Jays for righty Brad Lincoln on Tuesday night. Lincoln will compete for a spot in Philadelphia's bullpen. He was 1-2 with a 3.98 ERA in 22 games for Toronto in 2013. He had 25 strikeouts in 31 2-3 innings and pitched more than one inning in 13 of his 22 relief appearances. The...
Via AP on Fox
December 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Phillies Acquire RH Lincoln from Toronto for Kratz

Amid the flurry of moves throughout the major leagues today, the Phillies got involved by acquiring Brad Lincoln from the Toronto Blue Jays for Erik Kratz and lefty Rob Rasmussen. Lincoln, 28, had a 3.98 ERA in 22 appearances with the Jays last season. He doesn’t strike many guys out, averaging 7.1-per-nine in 2013, and struggled after being dealt to Toronto from Pittsburgh in...
Via Phillies Nation
December 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Phillies Player Review: Erik Kratz

When Brian Schneider was still with the Phillies, I wondered why. Nothing against the veteran backstop, but waiting in the wings was a seemingly better option, Erik Kratz. At the time, he had been tearing up pitching in the minors, and I’d heard first hand that the major league starters were very high on Kratz. It would eventually become his time to get a shot with the Phillies...
Via Phillies Nation
November 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Phils Come Back to Beat Rockies in Walkoff Fashion

PHOTO: AP A Phillies comeback win? Remember what that feels like? It seems like it’s been so long since we’ve seen one. Down a run going into the ninth inning, the game looked about over. But a leadoff double by Erik Kratz gave the Phillies life. Carlos Ruiz doubled in Kratz, and Michael Young finished the game with walkoff single. Cliff Lee had his best outing in a while. It...
Via Phillies Nation
August 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Philadelphia Phillies Activate Erik Kratz

The Philadelphia Phillies gained one player but lost another as they activated catcher Erik Kratz from the 15-day disabled list while placing outfielder Ben Revere on it with a right foot fracture. Kratz looks to be the third catcher as Carlos Ruiz is a bit banged up where as Revere does not have a timetable set for his return, but a minimum of a month is the early prognosis. The...
Via FF Locker Room
July 15, 2013  |  Discuss
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