NEW YORK — In the grand scheme of things, a backup catcher is not paramount to a team's success. The Phillies possessed two backup catchers during the season's first month and one had to go Sunday when Carlos Ruiz returned from his suspension.
Humberto Quintero's locker was cleared early in the morning. The Phillies chose Erik Kratz as their backup and designated Quintero for assignment. They hope to retain Quintero in the organization, but that requires him passing through waivers unclaimed.
"It was a hard decision," Phillies assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said. "He did and fine job for us. He was very professional all the way through. I hope things work out for the best for both parties. He was good. He understood. We're sort of in limbo to figure out what's gonna happen."
The Phillies have 10 days to trade, release or place Quintero on waivers. If the 33-year-old veteran is not claimed by another team, he has already agreed to report to triple-A Lehigh Valley and serve as insurance for an injury. Ruiz has spent time on the disabled list in each of the last four seasons.