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Kratz could get callup to restore three-catcher system

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OAKLAND -- The Blue Jays could be on the verge of returning to their three-catcher system that worked so well for the club earlier this season.

Toronto manager John Gibbons hinted on Thursday afternoon that veteran catcher Erik Kratz could rejoin the Blue Jays at some point during their four-game series in Oakland.

Kratz proved to be particularly valuable vs left-handed pitching and shared the starting duties with fellow backstops Dioner Navarro and Josh Thole.

"We definitely could," Gibbons said of adding Kratz to the roster. "I thought it worked pretty well when we had it ... I can't say if it's going to happen, but ideally [yes] because I thought it worked out pretty good."

Kratz's future could be directly tied to the health status of Colby Rasmus. If the Blue Jays determine that Rasmus only needs a day or two of rest to recover from a right wrist injury, then the club likely could drop an outfielder to make room for Kratz.

Outfielders Brad Glenn and either Darin Mastroianni or Anthony Gose would appear to be the odd-men out if left-hander Brett Cecil and Kratz join the Blue Jays on the West Coast trip.

Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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