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Former Phillies Catcher, Erik Kratz, Joins Twitter

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That's right, former Phillies' backup catcher from 2011 through 2013 has joined Twitter.  Kratz joins Roy Halladay (@RoyHalladay) as recently departing Phillies that have joined the well-utilized social media website.

Kratz joined the Phillies organization on November 12, 2010, signing as a free agent.  He spent most of 2011 with the Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs, as Brian Schneider occupied the back-up role to Carlos Ruiz.  In 2012 and 2013, he earned his way onto the club's major league roster, hitting a combined 18 home runs and 52 runs batted in (9 home runs and 26 runs batted in each season).

This past offseason on December 3, 2013, Kratz was traded along with minor-leaguer Rob Rasmussen to the Toronto Blue Jays for RHP Brad Lincoln, who is currently on the Phillies' major-league roster.

At first, Kratz had not made the Blue Jays' Opening Day roster, however he was brought up on March 30 from Triple-A Buffalo after closer Casey Janssen was placed on the 15-day disabled list.  

He could not have picked a better day to join the "Twitter-sphere".  In a pinch-hit appearance this afternoon, Kratz hit a two-run home run in the 8th inning off of Rays' ace David Price.

Kratz rejoins the team that originally drafted him, Toronto, as he was selected by that franchise in the 29th round of the 2002 amateur draft.

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Matt Rappa is a contributor to Philliedelphia. Follow him on Twitter @mattrappa

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