As first reported by MLB.com beat reporter Todd Zolecki, the Phillies have placed catcher Erik Kratz on the 15-day disabled list with a left knee injury and purchased the contract of Steven Lerud from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to provide depth behind the plate.
Kratz injured his knee Saturday in the Phillies’ loss to the Brewers. The exact severity of the injury is unknown, but Kratz told manager Charlie Manuel on Saturday that he felt a “pop” and that’s never good. He’ll be examined by team doctors early this week.
Kratz, 32, is batting .229/.290/.436 with eight home runs and 22 RBI in 155 plate appearances this season. He was the Phillies’ primary backstop while Carlos Ruiz served his 25-game amphetamine suspension to open the season and had resumed that regular catching role in late May when Ruiz strained his right hamstring and landed on the 15-day disabled list.
Ruiz is still out, so Humberto Quintero will get the majority of playing time at catcher in Philly.
Tom Schuba of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that Athletics outfielder Dustin Fowler has filed suit against the White Sox for negligence. Fowler sustained a season-ending injury during a collision at Guaranteed Rate Field last June and is also bringing the lawsuit against the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority agency, as neither party took measures to secure the ballpark’s unpadded electrical box that exacerbated his injuries.
The 22-year-old outfielder was just two outs into his major league debut with the Yankees when the incident occurred. Fowler tracked a Jose Abreu foul ball down the first base line and flipped over the short railing. He was noticeably limping after colliding with a knee-high electrical box at the wall and collapsed to the ground within seconds before being carted off the field.
The official diagnosis: a ruptured patellar tendon and season-ending surgery on his right knee. Per Schuba’s report, which can be read here in full, Fowler has claimed “‘severe and permanent’ external and internal injuries, as well as mental pain and anguish” following the collision.
No specific demands have been publicized yet. Fowler is said to be seeking money from both the White Sox and the Sports Facilities Authority, likely enough to cover the “large sums” he spent on medical care for the surgery and related treatments.