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MLB roundup: Phillies' Kratz needs surgery

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Philadelphia Phillies backup catcher Erik Kratz was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday in Milwaukee with a left leg injury. An MRI Monday revealed that he will need surgery on his left knee to repair a torn medial meniscus.

The length of recovery for Kratz won't be known until he has surgery.

Carlos Ruiz, the team's starting catcher, has already been on the disabled list since May 21 with a hamstring injury.

The Phillies are now down to their third and fourth catchers on the depth chart: Humberto Quintero and Steven Lerud.

Ruiz isn't due back for at least another week.

Kratz was hitting .229 with eight home runs and 22 RBIs before getting hu

---After missing 36 games on the disabled list, Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton was activated for Monday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Stanton was sidelined April 30 with a grade 2 strain of his right hamstring.

The 23-year-old slugger, who has 96 career home runs, was batting .227 in 75 at-bats before hitting the DL.

--- The Boston Red Sox activated third baseman Will Middlebrooks from the disabled list after he had been sidelined with a back injury. Middlebrooks played five rehab games in Triple-A and was scheduled to be in the Red Sox lineup Monday.

The Red Sox designated utility player Pedro Ciriaco for assignment.

---Kacy Clemens, the son of Roger Clemens, will play baseball for the University of Texas instead of signing with the Houston Astros.

The Astros drafted Clemens in the 35th round (No. 1,037 overall) Saturday.

Clemens went 8-0 with a 1.09 ERA this season at Memorial High School in Houston, was named to the Rawlings All-America second-team, according to the Houston Chronicle.

---Former Major League player and baseball announcer Mark Grace was released from an Arizona jail after serving four months on a DUI conviction, KTAR radio in Phoenix reported.

Grace, 48, was in prison in Phoenix after receiving his second DUI conviction last August.

Grace was fired from his position as an Arizona Diamondbacks announcer, but he remains with the Diamondbacks organization. He will serve as a minor-league hitting instructor.

---The Colorado Rockies announced they released pitcher Jon Garland.

Garland, 33, had been released by the Seattle Mariners in spring training, but landed a spot in the Rockies' rotation.

He was just 4-6 with a 5.82 ERA in 12 starts, and opponents were hitting .315 against him.

---Minnesota Twins rookie outfielder Aaron Hicks was placed on the disabled list with a hamstring injury. Oswaldo Arcia, who was demoted to Triple-A two weeks ago, was called back up to replace Hicks on the roster.

--- The Cleveland Indians announced they acquired infielder John McDonald from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for a player to be named or cash considerations. The Indians also transferred pitcher Brett Myers to the 60-day disabled list with elbow inflammation.

McDonald, 38, appeared in 16 games for the Pirates this year before being placed on the 15-day disabled list on May 15 with injuries to his lower back and right elbow.

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