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Phillies Catcher Erik Kratz Needs Surgery

As if the Phillies needed more guys to go down with injuries.

But it has happened again. Phillies catcher Erik Kratz, who was filling in for injured catcher Carlos Ruiz, had an MRI done on his left knee on Monday which revealed a torn medial meniscus.

Before he went down, Kratz had a .229 avg. with eight home runs, more than Ryan Howard and most of the other players on the team, 5 doubles, and 29 RBIs. These numbers don’t fall very far behind those of Domonic Brown, who leads all categories on this team. Kratz’s injury adds to the woes the team has been having this entire year, with players like Chase Utley, Carlos Ruiz, and Roy Halladay being abused by recurring injuries. Kratz had been a nice power presence in the lower portion of the Phillies lineup, and his clutch hitting was getting the Phillies runs when they desperately needed them.

His injury requires surgery, which will keep him sidelined for 6-8 weeks. This is yet another fatal blow for an already injury-ridden catching corps.

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