Phillies place SS JP Crawford on DL, Recall INF Valentin

The Phillies have placed shortstop JP Crawford on the 10-day disabled list after suffering a right forearm strain.

Crawford told media members his “arm went numb” while fielding a ball. He was lifted in the fifth inning of yesterday’s loss to the Braves.

Hopefully Crawford’s time on the DL will result in a rejuvenation from the Phillies former top prospect. He’s hitting just .190 and has committed the most errors by a national league short stop with five.

According to Matt Gelb, who covers the Phils for The Athletic, Crawford received an MRI on Sunday morning. Gelb also reported that manager Gabe Kapler is going to go with Scott Kingery at short stop while Crawford is out. Kingery was in the starting lineup Sunday at short for the rubber game against Atlanta.

To take Crawford’s place on the 25-man roster, Philadelphia recalled infielder Jesmuel Valentin from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Valentin, the 24 year old native of Puerto Rico, was drafted by the Dodgers in the first round of the 2012 MLB draft (51st overall)

The Phillies acquired the infielder along with Victor Arano for Roberto Hernandez in 2014.

Valentin had a great spring with the Phils, but got off to a slow start with the IronPigs hitting .242 in 68 at-bats so far this year. He is the son of former big league short stop Jose Valentin.

Written By: Séamus Doyle

@saintseamus, @UDawgSports

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