Cheryl Pursell

Phillies Add Hinojosa, Kratz and Murray

Major league roster limits expanded to 40 players Tuesday. The Phillies made three initial moves, adding a third catcher and two relievers. For Colton Murray, the trip to the majors will be his first.

Erik KratzDalier Hinojosa and Colton Murray joined the Phillies Tuesday as the rosters expanded. Hinojosa was recalled, while Kratz and Murray had their contract purchased from Lehigh Valley. To make room for Kratz and Murray, the Phillies moved pitchers Chad Billingsley and Matt Harrison to the 60-day DL. Neither pitcher is expected to return to the majors this season.

Hinojosa was claimed off waivers in July and was 0-1 with a 5.54 ERA at Lehigh Valley. The Phillies recalled him in late July and he pitched in three games, throwing five innings, giving up just two hits and walking five, without allowing a run. Even with the solid numbers, Hinojosa was optioned back to Lehigh Valley.

Kratz is a former Phillie, who rejoined the organization this Summer. Kratz had been with Toronto, Kansas City, Seattle and Boston prior to joining the Phillies on a minor league contract in July. With Triple-A Lehigh Valley, Kratz hit .312 with three home runs and 15 RBI. He finished his minor league season with a 3-for-3 performance, collecting two walks, against Syracuse Monday night. Kratz broke into the majors with the Phillies in 2010 and played with them through the 2013 season. That December, he was traded along with pitcher Rob Rasmussen to Toronto for reliever Brad Lincoln. Kratz is a career .217 hitter in 180 major league games.

Murray was a surprise addition. In 21 games with Double-A Reading and 31 with Lehigh Valley, Murray was a combined 8-3 with a 2.67 ERA in 52 relief appearances, collecting three saves. In his last 10 outings with the IronPigs, he threw 15 2/3 innings, allowing just one run on five hits and three walks, while striking out 15 batters. Murray, 25, had to be added to the 40-man roster after the season to protect him in the Rule 5 Draft, so the Phillies decided to just make the addition now and give him a major league audition.

Lehigh Valley manager Dave Brundage told Kratz and Hinojosa of their move to the majors and then waited before telling Murray. When he did call Murray into the office, he at first talked to him about his pitch times to the plate, which seemed strange to Murray. When the young reliever told Brundage he was afraid of missing the team bus to Pawtucket, the manager explained that he didn't have a bus to Pawtucket to catch, because he was going to the majors.


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