Kratz was behind the plate for the Iron Pigs 6-1 victory over the Pawtucket Red Sox last night. He caught five innings while getting three plate appearances. Unfortunately, Kratz grounded out to third base in all three of his at-bats.
The 33 year old told Philly.com that he would take it day-by-day, which is how he approached his rehab from surgery. Kratz said that his goal was to "not think about it [the knee]" while playing which would mean that he was not in pain.
If his surgically repaired knee felt good this morning, he would be the designated hitter for the Iron Pigs tonight against Pawtucket.
Kratz underwent surgery for his torn meniscus on June 12th. He hit .286 with four home runs and seven RBI in the month of May and continued into June as he had two home runs and eight RBI in 30 June at-bats. Overall this season, Kratz is hitting .229/.290/.436 with eight home runs and 22 RBI.
His quick recovery could be good news for Phillies fans who found out yesterday that Ryan Howard has the same injury. With their solid play of late, the Phillies have found themselves back in the mix of potentially being buyers at the July 31st trade deadline. The return of Erik Kratz to spare Carlos Ruiz behind the plate from time-to-time would certainly help.
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