Royals reinstate catcher Kratz, designate him for assignment

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Royals are sticking with Drew Butera as their backup catcher, reinstating Erik Kratz from the disabled list Thursday and designating him from assignment.

Kansas City acquired Butera from the Los Angeles Angels last month to back up Salvador Perez when Kratz went on the disabled list with plantar fasciitis in his left foot. Kratz had been on an injury rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Omaha.

Kratz and Butera are both out of options, which meant the Royals had to choose between the two backups. Kratz was hitless in four games earlier this season, while Butera has fared little better offensively but has been solid in handling the Royals staff.

Kansas City was off Thursday before opening a three-game set in St. Louis on Friday.

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide—from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Andy Staples, Grant Wahl, and more—delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.