J.P. Crawford left Saturday night’s game against Atlanta early with what turned out to be a right forearm strain. The injury is bad enough that the Phillies have placed the rookie shortstop on the 10-day DL. To take his place, the Phillies have recalled infielder Jesmuel Valentin from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Crawford suffered the injury making a throw to third base Saturday night and reported that his arm felt numb after the throw. Fortunately, there is no structural damage to ligaments.
It’s likely that Scott Kingery will be taking over most of the duties at shortstop with Crawford on the DL, but Valentin could also see at least some time at the position, as could Pedro Florimon who came on to take Crawford’s spot in the lineup after the injury.
On the season, Crawford has a slash line of 2-6-.188/.246/.328 in 21 games, all as a shortstop.
Valentin was the last cut from Phillies spring training. With Lehigh Valley, Valentin was hitting .242 with a .373 OBP in 18 games with the IronPigs. In those games, Valentin has played second, short, third and left field, but has primarily been playing second base.
The Phillies now have five players – four of them pitchers – on the DL. Ben Lively was placed on the DL with a lower back strain earlier in the week, while Jerad Eickhoff, Mark Leiter and Pat Neshek have yet to pitch this season after suffering injuries in spring training.