“Plain and simple, it sucks,” is how J.P. Crawford described the hand injury that will keep him sidelined for four to six weeks. The injury occurred when he was hit by a pitch in Tuesday night’s loss to the Cardinals.
Crawford has had a forgettable season after missing five weeks because of a forearm strain. He had just returned from the DL earlier this month and was looking to boost his average from its current .194 standing in his first full season in the majors. The 23-year old had been inserted into the starting lineup as a somewhat permanent fixture at third base for a slumping Maikel Franco. The position now returns to Franco, who is also looking to revive his season after hitting .245 through Tuesday night’s game.
The Phillies have recalled third baseman Mitch Walding from Lehigh Valley. Walding had been with the Phillies earlier this season and went hitless in six plate appearances. He started one game at third base and appeared twice as a pinch-hitter. At Lehigh Valley, Walding, 25, was hitting 9-31/.259/.381/.467 in 61 games.
Crawford made his major league debut last September with the Phillies with a line of 0-6-.214/.356/.300 in 23 games.