The Toronto Blue Jays are set to promote catcher Erik Kratz to their active roster, industry sources told Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi. The corresponding move is not yet known.
Josh Thole replaced Dioner Navarro in the eighth inning of Thursday’s game, but there’s no indication that Navarro will require a stint on the disabled list. Adding Kratz to the roster provides manager John Gibbons with an additional bench option as the Blue Jays head to a National League park for the first time this season.
The Blue Jays begin a three-game series in Pittsburgh Friday when Brandon Morrow faces Gerrit Cole in a matchup of hard-throwing right-handers. The Blue Jays beat the Kansas City Royals Thursday to avoid a sweep and improve their record to 13-15.
Kratz appeared in seven games for the Blue Jays earlier in the season, hitting one home run. The 33-year-old has a career .219/.279/.410 batting line in five seasons with the Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies and Blue Jays.
The Blue Jays shook up their roster Thursday, promoting Anthony Gose and Steve Tolleson in place of Moises Sierra and Jonathan Diaz.