The Philadelphia Phillies place Erik Kratz on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Sunday 9 June 2013 at 9:19 am

The Phillies have placed 32-year old righty swinging catcher Erik Kratz on the 15-day disabled list due to a left knee injury.  Kratz has played in 43 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 32 of 140 (.229 avg, .726 OPS) with 18 runs scored, 8 homers and 22 RBIs.  With Carlos Ruiz also out of action, 33-year old righty swinging Humberto Quintero becomes the Phillies’ starting catcher.  He has played in 11 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 7 for 29 (.241 avg, .635 OPS) with 2 RBIs.  28-year old lefty swinging Steven Lerud has been summoned from AAA-ball to serve as Quintero’s backup until Ruiz or Kratz return to action.  Lerud has played in 31 games in AAA-ball so far this year and he is 21 of 95 (.221 avg, .699 OPS) with 15 runs scored, 2 homers, 14 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  He got his first taste of the majors for the Phillies in 2012, appearing in 3 games in which he was 2 for 10 (.200 avg, .400 OPS) with 1 run scored.  The Phillies should be o.k. defensively with Quintero and Lerud behind the plate, but they are going to lose a lot offensively.

Carlos Zambrano is looking sharp in the minors for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Sunday 9 June 2013 at 7:45 am

32-year old righty starting pitcher Carlos Zambrano is looking sharp in the minors for the Phillies.  He has pitched in 3 games (all starts) in A+AA-ball so far this year and he is 2-0 with a 0.55 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP.  He has pitched in 354 games (302 starts) in his major league career so far and he is 132-91 with a 3.66 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.  Zambrano is likely to be pitching for the Phillies in the very near future, as they could use the help.

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