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Erik Kratz returns to the Phillies on a minor league deal

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The Phillies announced this evening that they signed veteran catcher Erik Kratz to a minor league contract. He’s slated to report to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Kratz previously played for the Phillies from 2011-2013 while batting .230 with 18 home runs and a .727 OPS over 120 games. The 35-year-old has received only sporadic playing time in the majors since, making stops with the Blue Jays and the Royals. He was recently given his release by the Mariners after appearing in 10 games with Triple-A Tacoma.

Carlos Ruiz and Cameron Rupp are sharing catching duties with the Phillies right now, but Kratz could get an opportunity with the big club at some point during the second half.