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Erik Kratz to undergo surgery for medial meniscus tear in knee

Jun 10, 2013, 7:11 PM EDT

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Phillies catcher Erik Kratz was placed on the disabled list yesterday with a left knee injury and it turns out that he’ll have to miss an extended period of time.

According to, the Phillies announced today that Kratz underwent an MRI which showed a medial meniscus tear. He’ll undergo surgery on the knee, after which a timetable for his return will be revealed.

Kratz suffered the injury while running out a ground ball on Saturday. The 32-year-old was playing well with Carlos Ruiz out due to a hamstring strain, hitting .267 (16-for-60) with six home runs, 14 RBI and a .964 OPS in his last 18 games. With Ruiz still about 10 days away from returning, the Phillies will turn to Humberto Quintero and Steven Lerud behind the plate.

  1. leerosenthall - Jun 10, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    Poor Kratzy! He was just starting to hit his stride (pardon the pun!) as the everyday catcher. Let’s hope he makes it back to the big leagues. He waited so long for his chance, and he seems to be a trouper.

  2. dkphilly1122 - Jun 10, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    Tommy Joseph?? Why would they not bring him up……they could use him behind the plate and in the lineup…..make it happen. Hell with Humberto and Lerud!!

  3. ncphilliesguy - Jun 10, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    Joseph just got back from missing a month with a concussion. Also, his defense has been poor.

    • paperlions - Jun 10, 2013 at 8:12 PM

      That…and he’s also hit like crap for the vast majority of his minor league career.

      • ame123 - Jun 10, 2013 at 8:56 PM

        He’s actually been over 93 wRC+ or above every year of his minor league career while always being young for every level at the toughest defensive position. ‘hit like crap’ is just not accurate.

      • paperlions - Jun 10, 2013 at 9:06 PM

        Okay. Let me re-phrase. If you hit below average at pretty much every level, regardless of age, there is no evidence that you are ready to face major league pitching….especially when you don’t exactly shine on the defensive side. At this point, he would offer nothing thar represents even an average major league skill to the major league club.

  4. greymares - Jun 10, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    paperlions is 100% correct Joseph has played terribly, it’s amazing how people have been screaming for Ruf and now Joseph are not worthy of promotion at this time. and actually Lerud has been the best catcher in the system this year.

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