Philadelphia Phillies catcher Erik Kratz suffered a knee injury over the weekend that landed him on the 15-day disabled list. It turns out he'll be sidelined much longer than the 15 days, as he recently underwent knee surgery that will require him to be on the shelf for six to eight weeks, according to Matt Gelb of The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Phillies are saying 6-8 weeks for Erik Kratz. He had surgery this morning.
— Matt Gelb (@magelb) June 12, 2013
Kratz sustained the injury on Saturday when he was legging out a ground ball. An MRI later confirmed a medial meniscus tear which required surgery. That procedure was yesterday morning, and the initial word is that it will keep him out for six to eight weeks.
It's a tough blow for the Phillies, who were already without starting catcher Carlos Ruiz due to a hamstring injury. Kratz was providing some production -- hitting five doubles and eight home runs over 155 plate appearances for a .436 slugging percentage -- especially considering he was the team's No. 2 backstop entering the season.
At this point, the Phillies are using Humberto Quintero as their regular behind the plate, and catcher Steven Lerud was called up from Triple-A to replace Kratz on the roster.
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