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Kratz, Frandsen have support of Manuel

PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies manager Charlie Manuel sees a future for Erik Kratz and Kevin Frandsen in Philadelphia.

Manuel said both have played well enough to handle a job next season, although nothing is guaranteed as the Phillies' front office will be constructing next year's roster in the offseason.

Kratz entered Thursday hitting .254 (34-for-134) with nine doubles, nine home runs and 26 RBIs in 47 games, although he had hit just .185 (12-for-65) since Aug. 23.

"Kratz has proved he has value as a backup catcher," Manuel said. "When I look at somebody like Kratz, I think to myself, Kratz fits. He's durable. He's strong. He definitely showed he can call a game. He showed he can throw. He showed he can hit a home run. I look at him and say, 'We got better if we've got Kratz as our backup catcher.'"

Frandsen entered Thursday hitting .331 (56-for-169) with six doubles, three triples, two home runs and 13 RBIs in 48 games.

"Frandsen, because he played different positions, he could be a utility player or a platoon player or something like that," Manuel said. "I'm not saying he can't play regularly, but he could fit on our team and make us better in that capacity."

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PHI Full Game Coverage LADELPHIA -- Phillies manager Charlie Manuel sees a future for Erik Kratz and Kevin Frandsen in Philadelphia.

Manuel said both have played well enough to handle a job next season, although nothing is guaranteed as the Phillies' front office will be constructing next year's roster in the offseason.

Kratz entered Thursday hitting .254 (34-for-134) with nine doubles, nine home runs and 26 RBIs in 47 games, although he had hit just .185 (12-for-65) since Aug. 23.

"Kratz has proved he has value as a backup catcher," Manuel said. "When I look at somebody like Kratz, I think to myself, Kratz fits. He's durable. He's strong. He definitely showed he can call a game. He showed he can throw. He showed he can hit a home run. I look at him and say, 'We got better if we've got Kratz as our backup catcher.'"

Frandsen entered Thursday hitting .331 (56-for-169) with six doubles, three triples, two home runs and 13 RBIs in 48 games.

"Frandsen, because he played different positions, he could be a utility player or a platoon player or something like that," Manuel said. "I'm not saying he can't play regularly, but he could fit on our team and make us better in that capacity."

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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