As first reported by MLB.com beat reporter Todd Zolecki, the Phillies have placed catcher Erik Kratz on the 15-day disabled list with a left knee injury and purchased the contract of Steven Lerud from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to provide depth behind the plate.
Kratz injured his knee Saturday in the Phillies’ loss to the Brewers. The exact severity of the injury is unknown, but Kratz told manager Charlie Manuel on Saturday that he felt a “pop” and that’s never good. He’ll be examined by team doctors early this week.
Kratz, 32, is batting .229/.290/.436 with eight home runs and 22 RBI in 155 plate appearances this season. He was the Phillies’ primary backstop while Carlos Ruiz served his 25-game amphetamine suspension to open the season and had resumed that regular catching role in late May when Ruiz strained his right hamstring and landed on the 15-day disabled list.
Ruiz is still out, so Humberto Quintero will get the majority of playing time at catcher in Philly.
At the end of January, the Nationals signed relievers Joe Nathan and Matt Albers. Today the Nationals have released Joe Nathan and Matt Albers.
Nathan, 42, pitched in just ten games last year, totaling only six and a third innings, between the Giants and the Cubs. He missed the entire 2015 season except for one third of an inning on Opening Day. Albers pitched in 58 games for the White Sox last year, posting an unsightly 6.31 ERA He pitched wonderfully in 30 games in 2015 however.
This spring Nathan and Albers pitched in more games than any other Nats relievers. Twelve for Nathan, ten for Albers. And they pitched well, with Nathan giving up five earned runs and Albers none. Apparently, however, there just isn’t room on the roster for those two.
This could be the end of the line for Nathan, a 16-year veteran with 377 career saves.
The substance of the report is not shocking. Francisco Lindor is one of baseball’s brightest young stars and the Cleveland Indians would, no doubt, wish to lock him up for an extended period of time. The surprising part is the guy who reported that, yes, the Indians are working to get Lindor a seven-year extension.
That guy: six-year-old Brody Chernoff, son of Indians general manager Mike Chernoff. Brody was invited into the team’s broadcast booth during the ninth inning of their game against the Chicago White Sox. Indians announcer Tom Hamilton asked, no doubt jokingly, if his working on anything interesting. Brody:
“He’s trying to get, um, Lindor to play for seven more years,”
Again, not shocking. It would’ve been way worse if Brody had said “Dad’s working on a three-way deal that’ll send Naquin to an NL team in order to affect a three-way trade that’ll land us Verlander without having to deal directly with a divisional rival.” But I imagine Dad still would’ve preferred he not mention that.