Kratz, who ranks second on the team with eight homers, had flourished since Ruiz succumbed to a hamstring injury May 19. During that span, Kratz hit .267 with a .964 OPS. He hit six homers in 18 games. Saturday's 0 for 4 snapped a seven-game RBI streak.
There is no timetable for Ruiz's return. Ruiz said he suffered what was considered a minor setback and he was originally slotted to miss a month when he was put on the DL. He may start a minor-league rehab assignment at triple-A Lehigh Valley on Friday if he passes more tests in Minnesota during the week. The Phillies must scrape by with their third- and fourth-string catchers for some time.
Quintero homered Sunday for the Phillies' lone run in a 9-1 loss.
Lerud, 28, earned a brief major-league stint at the end of 2012. He was hitting .221 in 31 games for the IronPigs. The Phillies like his defensive capabilities. Because prospect Tommy Joseph missed the last month with a concussion and just recently returned to the field, he was not an option.
"Here I am," Lerud said.
The Phillies relayed news of his recall before midnight Sunday. An IronPigs intern drove Lerud from Allentown to Philadelphia at 4 a.m. so he could catch his flight. He arrived in the visiting clubhouse shortly after 10 a.m.
"Will you be ready to catch a bullpen in 10 minutes?" Cole Hamels quipped.
"Yeah," Lerud said, as he sipped a cup of coffee, likely one of many he'd have on Sunday. And thus began the Phillies' makeshift solution behind the plate.
Domonic Brown went 0 for 3 on Sunday after a 6-for-14 stretch in his previous four games. His home run Saturday was his 17th in 39 games. The last Phillies player with as many as 17 homers in a 40-game stretch was Raul Ibanez in 2009, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Brown's 19 home runs lead the National League.
The Phillies have homered in 14 straight games and are 7-7 in those games. They belted one in 18 consecutive games from Sept. 3 to 22 in 2008. . . . Minnesota will toss three righthanded pitchers at the Phillies after a day off Monday. . . . The Phillies are 8-25 when they score three or fewer runs. . . . Outfielder Nick Ferdinand, the Phillies' 35th-round pick in Saturday's draft, is an Archbishop Ryan alumnus. He played four years at the University of Delaware.