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Sprained ankle sends Schneider to disabled list

PHI View Full Game Coverage LADELPHIA -- Phillies catcher Brian Schneider, who left Sunday night's 7-3 loss to the Rays with a right ankle sprain after an accidental collision at home plate, was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Monday.

The Phillies recalled catcher Erik Kratz from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Schneider had said Sunday that he doesn't know if he will require a stay on the disabled list. He said he was sore and would see how the ankle felt when he woke up on Monday.

"I hope it's not [a DL situation]," said Schneider, who was limping in the clubhouse after the game. "I do know the one bad part about being a catcher is there's only two of us and if [starter Carlos Ruiz] is playing tomorrow we've got to have someone backing him up.

"My goal obviously is to ice it down a couple more times tonight and come in early, get some treatment and hopefully they don't make a decision before then. But a lot of that's out of my hands."

Schneider said he had not yet seen the replay of the collision, which occurred as he was moving up the third-base line to catch the throw from Mike Fontenot. The spot he moved to, in order to catch the ball off the first bounce, happened to be exactly in Sean Rodriguez's path.

"It looked like he was trying to gauge where the ball was at and find it, and he turned," Manuel said. "I thought the guy hit him in the head at first, I think he did hit his head. But when he went down, that's when he turned his ankle."

"I was thinking slide the whole way," Rodriguez said. "I'm guessing the throw took him up the line. We were both stuck in no-man's land at that point. I was just bracing for impact. It wasn't like I was even trying to hit him."

"That's obviously something you don't want to see happen."

Schneider was slow to get up and then tried to stay in the game after a visit from head athletic trainer Scott Sheridan.

But after catching one more pitch from starter Cliff Lee, he took himself out of the game and went into the clubhouse. Ruiz substituted for Schneider.

"As a catcher, you want to get up as quick as possible and keep playing so I tried to get back there and I knew there was a guy on third base," Schneider said. "I knew if there was a ball in the dirt and a play had to be made, I wasn't going to be helping the team out... It wasn't best for the team [to stay in]. You can't be Mr. Tough Guy at that point. You've got to do what's best for the team."

Kratz, 32, was hitting .266 with eight homers and 30 RBIs in 37 games in Triple-A. He has played in 16 Major League games in his career.

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