J.P. Crawford will miss a couple of weeks after an MRI on Sunday morning showed that he had a Grade 1 strain of his pronator flexor. The Phillies placed him on the disabled list before Sunday's 10-1 loss to the Braves after he felt his arm go numb Saturday when making a relay throw.
"There's no ligament damage or joint damage. Just all muscle, which is a good sign," Crawford said. "Just going to take these 10 days to see how it goes and go from there."
Crawford said his arm had been bothering him for a couple days. It felt better Sunday than it did a night earlier, he said. Crawford was replaced on the roster by Jesmuel Valentin, who has transitioned into a utility role. The Phillies selected Valentin over Roman Quinn because of Valentin's ability to handle shortstop and switch-hit. It is expected that Scott Kingery will handle the majority of shortstop reps while Crawford is out.
Crawford's injury could come at a good time. He had just four hits in his last 24 at-bats with one walk and 10 strikeouts. His trademark plate discipline is missing. His defense was also slumping. Crawford was injured last season at triple A before coming back with a strong second half. Perhaps a disabled list stint could double as a chance for him to reset his season. There's always hope, Crawford said.