NEW YORK — It's a day game after a night game, so the lone change in Charlie Manuel's lineup Saturday is at catcher. Humberto Quintero replaces Erik Kratz and it is reasonable to wonder if this is Quintero's final appearance in a Phillies uniform.
The team must make a roster move Sunday to accommodate Carlos Ruiz's return from his 25-game suspension. Ruiz is on the restricted list and the Phillies' 40-man roster is full. So a player must be removed from both the 25- and 40-man roster.
That would make Quintero the most likely candidate. The 33-year-old veteran has performed well in six games with a .313/.353/.438 line. Maybe that makes the Phillies think twice about their roster move.
Erik Kratz has an option remaining and can be sent to the minors without passing through waivers. The Phillies could make that move to keep all three catchers in the organization as insurance for a future injury. Or they could designate Quintero for assignment, hope he clears waivers, and stash him at triple A if he is willing to go.