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Phillies Designate Humberto Quintero For Assignment

2:00pm: Quintero has already agreed to report to Triple-A, if the Phillies are unable to swing a trade and no other team claims him on waivers, according to Gelb

8:18am: The Phillies have designated catcher Humberto Quintero for assignment, according to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer (on Twitter).  The move will allow the club to activate Carlos Ruiz.

Quintero has looked good so far this year, posting a .313/.353/.438 slash line over a tiny sample size of 17 plate appearances.  The 33-year-old was the more logical choice to be DFA'd, however, as fellow backstop Erik Kratz still has an option remaining.  However, Kratz hasn't been terribly sharp as the starting catcher in April, hitting .191/.222/.309 in 72 plate appearances. 

Quintero hooked on with the Phillies in November after finishing out 2012 with the Brewers' Triple-A affiliate.  Prior to that, the Royals released the catcher outright less than four months after acquiring him.

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