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Philadelphia Phillies MLB News - Phillies Baseball Blog » The Philadelphia Phillies place 1B Jim Thome on the D.L.

The Philadelphia Phillies place 1B Jim Thome on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Injuries by chinmusic on Wednesday 2 May 2012 at 12:37 pm

The Phillies have placed 41-year old lefty swinging 1B Jim Thome on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 29th due to a lower back strain. Thome has struggled at the plate so far this year. He has played in 12 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 2 for 18 (.111 avg, .349 OPS) without any runs scored, homers or RBIs. Thome has whiffed 10 times already this year as he appears to be having a rough time adjusting to his new role coming off the bench. The Phillies have called up 31-year old righty swinging catcher Erik Kratz to replace Thome on the active roster. Kratz has played in 14 games in AAA-ball this year and he is 15 for 51 (.294 avg, .882 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 3 homers and 9 RBIs. Kratz has played in 11 games in parts of two years in the majors and he is 6 for 40 (.150 avg, .365 OPS) with 2 runs scored and 1 RBI. Kratz will serve as the Phillies’ #3 catcher and a pinch hitter.

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