When Erik Kratz said he heard a pop in his knee, and it was revealed the injury would require surgery, I just assumed the worst. Thankfully it does not sound like that will be the last call for turkey bacon this season after all.
The Inquirer’s Matt Gelb Tweets that Kratz underwent a successful procedure to repair a torn meniscus on Wednesday morning, and the timetable is not bad all things considered. The slugger could be back in action within six-to-eight weeks, which would easily put him back in a Phillies uniform in time for a playoff push – assuming they’re still in the race by then.
With Carlos Ruiz due to come off of the disabled list soon, Kratz was probably in line to see reduced playing time in the near future anyway. That said, his eight home runs are second on the club, and most for a right-handed hitter. They are missing that power in their lineup right now, and will miss it coming off the bench just as well.
In the absence of Ruiz and Kratz, and with Humberto Quintero needing a day off, 28-year-old Steven Lerud is making his fourth career big league start in Minnesota tonight. Lerud was batting .221 with just five extra base hits in 31 games at Lehigh Valley, albeit with a .383 on-base percentage.
At least the news on Kratz is good, and regardless of where the Phillies are in the standings when it happens, it will be nice to see the big guy back behind the plate this summer.
What is there to say about the Philadelphia Phillies?
In doing my usual postgame perusal of the Internet after their 7-2 loss on Wednesday night, I visited Phillies.com to see what kind of "highlights" they could have possibly posted from another crushing defeat at the hands of the Colorado Rockies.
Thankfully, the first thing that caught my eye was a video titled, "Phanatic tries to comfort crying baby."
It was not Larry Andersen in the Phanatic's arms. Nor me.
And that's the Phillies season in a nutshell.
"You gotta question the parenting skills here," John Kruk said on the telecast. And he's right! What kind of parent would raise their kid to be a Philly sports fan?!?
The Phillies now have the worst record in all of baseball. They're 4-20 in their last 24 games. It's their worst start to a season since 1960.
Even the Phanatic doesn't have enough popcorn to mask all the pain.
If you want to read about the upbeat approach Pete Mackanin is taking, go give this a gander.
"In a long season, these things sometimes happen," Mackanin told reporters. "I remember Atlanta, the first half last year, was terrible. They had a real good second half. I believe we just need to get something going. We're going to put something together. I believe that."
That makes one of us.
The future of Villanova basketball just got brighter.
Brandon Slater, a 6-foot-6 wing and highly touted 2018 recruit, told Scout.com on Wednesday night that he has verbally committed to the Wildcats.
He later made the announcement on Twitter.
Among the 2018 recruiting class, Slater, a product of Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax, Virginia, is ranked in the top 30 by Scout.com and top 50 by ESPN.com. He's slated as a four-star talent by both media outlets.
Per ESPN, Slater had offers from Louisville, Maryland, Miami, Syracuse, USC and Virginia Tech. He is Villanova's first commitment for 2018.
"Going up there it just feels like a second home," Slater said, via Evan Daniels of Scout.com. "It gives me a good vibe. It's nothing like all the other schools. I just feel like a Villanova guy. It feels like PVI. It's already home."
Slater and Villanova head coach Jay Wright expressed their excitement on Twitter.