Manager Craig Counsell said Kratz is currently Milwaukee's third string catcher, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Kratz was originally expected to reprise his role as the team's backup catcher in 2019, but the addition of Yasmani Grandal has complicated things for the veteran. Manny Pina is now tabbed for backup duties, while Kratz will be left to compete for a roster spot during spring training. The 38-year-old is out of options, so he could be on the move if he loses out on an Opening Day roster spot. Kratz hit .236/.380/.355 with six homers in 67 games last season.
Kratz is not in the lineup for Game 4 of the NLCS against the Dodgers on Tuesday. Kratz will once again give way to Manny Pina behind the dish with Gio Gonzalez lined up to pitch for the Brewers. The backstop has appeared in all three games this series, going 1-for-7 with a walk and a run scored.
Kratz is out of Friday's lineup for Game 1 of the NLCS against the Dodgers. Manny Pina will catch Gio Gonzalez after Kratz started the final two games of Milwaukee's series against Colorado. Look for Kratz to set up behind the plate for Game 2 on Saturday with Wade Miley on the bump.
Kratz went 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored in Sunday's series-clinching victory over the Rockies. Kratz played a folk hero role for the Brewers over the final two games of their first-round series, as the 38-year-old tallied a total of five hits while kicking in two runs in Game 2. As they did for the bulk of the second half, Kratz and Manny Pina figure to share the catching duties for the Brewers the rest of the way.
Kratz is out of the lineup versus the Rockies in Game 1 of the NLDS on Thursday. Manny Pina will draw the start behind the plate, catching Brandon Woodruff and batting seventh in the order. The two backstops have been rotating regularly as of late, though Kratz started nine of the last 15 regular season games.