The Phillies have placed 35-year old lefty swinging catcher Brian Schneider on the 15-day disabled list due to a sprained ankle. Schneider has played in 26 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 16 for 69 (.232 avg, .656 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 2 homers and 5 RBIs. 31-year old righty swinging Erik Kratz has been called up to replace Schneider as Carlos Ruiz’ backup. Kratz played in 5 games for the Phillies earlier this year and he was 1 for 4 (.250 avg, 1.250 OPS) with 1 run scored, 1 homer and 1 RBI. Kratz has now played in 16 games in his first three years in the majors and he is 7 for 44 (.159 avg, .446 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 1 homer and 2 RBIs.
UPDATE: (6/26/2012) – The Phillies will be without Brian Schneider for the next 3-5 weeks.