J.P. Crawford, shortstop and third baseman for the Philadelphia Phillies, was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Wednesday morning. Crawford’s left hand was broken when he was hit by a pitch during the game against the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Phillies manager expects Crawford to be out at least four to six weeks. Crawford has already missed five weeks this season due to a forearm strain. Crawford was taken off the disabled list on the 6th of June. After he was taken off the disabled list, he was given extended time at the third base position. The hit to Crawford’s hand came in the fourth inning.
While Crawford is expected to miss up to six weeks with the injury, he will not have surgery on his hand. Crawford was hit with a fastball that was going 94 miles per hour. Crawford immediately knew there as a problem when he looked at his and noticed something was not right with his knuckle. It is unfortunate that the injury comes at a time when Crawford was just starting to look comfortable at the plate. His on-base percentage had increased since he returned from his previous injury.
Crawford understands that injuries are part of the game, but admits it is hard for him to sit out again. As with any professional athlete, he wants to be out there with his teammates to help them win. Injuries are part of the game and there is not anything that an athlete can do about it. Crawford will focus on trying to get better as soon as he can so he can return to and help his teammates.
As of right now, Crawford has been replaced by Mitch Walding. Maikel Franco started the June 20 afternoon game at Crawford’s third base position. While Crawford is away from the game, Franco is expected to see regular time at this position.