Three years ago this month, the Phils came to Milwaukee following a series in Denver that included a game snowed out, accusations of using binoculars to steal signs, and an injury to a catcher for the second time in the month.
Carlos Ruiz was injured in Game 1 of a doubleheader at Coors Field; when the Phils arrived to Miller Park the next day, Ruiz wasn't placed on the DL and the catching duties were handed down to Paul Hoover and Paul Hoover alone for the weekend. Hoover went 5-for-10 with 3 walks and 6 runs scored in the series as the Phillies swept the Brewers.
Flash forward three years and the Phils are once again missing their top two catchers. Erik Kratz joined Ruiz on the DL on Sunday morning with a left leg injury.
Kratz injured his leg while running out a groundout to short on the first play of the ninth inning.
"It's not good," Charlie Manuel told reporters afterward.
It's not good for the Phillies offense, either. Kratz was hitting .261 with a .986 OPS, 5 home runs and 12 RBI in 13 games since May 25.
The catching duties fall to Humberto Quintero and Steven Lerud. Lerud, who woke up at 4 a.m. in Allentown on Sunday, joined the Phils in Milwaukee on Sunday morning.
Quintero starts on Sunday.
1. Michael Young, 3B
2. Ben Revere, CF
3. Jimmy Rollins, SS
4. Ryan Howard, 1B
5. Domonic Brown, LF
6. Kevin Frandsen, 2B
7. Laynce Nix, RF
8. Humberto Quintero, C
9. Jonathan Pettibone, P
The Phils are matched up against Kyle Lohse (1-6, 4.39 ERA).