Could’ve Been Worse: Erik Kratz Out 6-8 Weeks

Could’ve Been Worse: Erik Kratz Out 6-8 Weeks

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.

Union see 4-game winning streak end in shutout loss to Real Salt Lake

Union see 4-game winning streak end in shutout loss to Real Salt Lake

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SANDY, Utah -- Joao Plata scored his first goal of the season and Real Salt Lake beat the Union, 1-0, on Saturday night to snap Philadelphia's club-record winning streak at four games.

Plata tapped in his goal in the 36th minute after quickly exchanging short passes twice with Jefferson Savarino. Tony Beltran got the play started by saving the ball just before it went over the goal line.

The Union (4-5-5) had a chance to tie it in stoppage time, but goalie Nick Rimando blocked Haris Medunjanin's belt-high free kick and Salt Lake (4-8-2) cleared it after a scramble in front of the net.

Union goalkeeper Andre Blake made seven saves.

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick on Saturday night made his fourth rehab appearance in Triple A during Lehigh Valley's 13-1 rout of the Louisville Bats in Allentown.

Kendrick went 1 for 5 with a run scored and three strikeouts. He also grounded into a double play and left two runners in scoring position.

It was his second rehab game playing third base. He played third during his appearance in the IronPigs' 8-4 loss Thursday to the Indianapolis Indians. He was 0 for 1 in three plate appearances with a run scored and was hit by a pitch twice (see story).

The Phillies' plan for Kendrick was to have him play a minimum four games at Lehigh Valley. He played left field in two games and third base twice. Pete Mackanin said Wednesday that Kendrick would also get a game at first base but he hasn't gotten a game at first yet.

There is a chance Kendrick could be recalled Sunday before the Phillies’ series finale against the Cincinnati Reds depending on how he feels.

Kendrick has been sidelined since April 15 with an oblique strain. In 10 games before the injury, Kendrick went 13 for 39 (.333) with five extra-base hits and four walks while exclusively playing left field.