Philadelphia Phillies' Erik Kratz Nearing Return; Should He Start Over Carlos Ruiz?

By Rebekah Milsted

Erik Kratz‘s time on the disabled list is coming to an end.

Kratz began his rehab assignment in Lehigh Valley on July 8. It is likely that he will rejoin the Philadelphia Phillies once they start playing again after the All-Star break. That brings up an important question: should the Phillies continue to start the struggling Carlos Ruiz or put in Kratz?

Before Kratz went on the DL, he had done a great job filling in for Ruiz. In 43 games, he had eight home runs 22 RBIs. Kratz has played three games down in Lehigh and already has one RBI.  He has been pretty reliable in the Phillies’ offense, which they have not had much of this season. Kratz also has been a strong arm behind the plate.

Ruiz seems to be struggling this season. Since being back from suspension, he has an average of .267, six RBIs and hit zero home runs. Although the Phillies catcher has just come back from an injury, he still should be able to contribute to the team.

Manager Charlie Manuel will have a decision to make when Kratz comes back. Kratz seems to be the stronger catcher. If Ruiz does not want to lose his starting spot, he needs to step it up over these last couple of games before the All-Star break.

It will be interesting to see who gets the spot especially since the Phillies may be trying to make a playoff run.

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