Kratz to catch Dickey in Blue Jays second spring training game

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Feb 21, 2014; Dunedin, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher R.A. Dickey (43), center, walks with Toronto Blue Jays catcher Erik Kratz (31) as the Blue Jays work out at the Bobby Mattick Training Center. Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

As the Toronto Blue Jays get ready for their second game of spring training earlier this morning we learned that the Jays will be sending out newly acquired catcher Erik Kratz to catch R.A. Dickey‘s knuckleball. We’ve been hearing all camp that the Jays are high on Kratz and at this point if he is able to catch Dickey’s dancing pitch the backup catcher’s job appears to be his to lose.

Here is what the Blue Jays lineup will look like today against lefty starter Cliff Lee:

And for our Canadian readers, the Blue Jays also posted a picture of their televised spring training schedule on Twitter. Today’s game will be on Sportsnet One at 1:05PM.

Now if only it felt like spring here in Toronto… brr!

Topics: Toronto Blue Jays

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  • Erik Trenouth

    I like the idea of Bautista DHing when facing a lefty. I wonder if this will be a normal thing, where Sierra heads to the outfield and Bautista or Melky DH, or if Sierra will be getting most of his playing time at DH.

    • brad

      Seconded. I think it’s just a matter of how well Melky is fielding this year. If he’s his old self I see Bautista taking some DH time. I wouldn’t mind seeing Bautista DH now and again but Sierra is a below average OF at best.

  • Andrew van Laar

    Man… I would love to see Kratz as the backup catcher. He just seems like a hard nosed BA type player (kind of like a Brian McCann minus the jerk attitude) that can light a fire under his teammates when needed. As much as I hope Thloe regains his form (he has a lot of offensive upside), I think Kratz will server just fine until then.

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