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.
“I think he was already trending up,” manager Gabe Kapler said. “I think his swings were starting to get more consistent and more aggressive and I think we saw yesterday, and the day prior, that the defense was a little more aggressive, too. Even the relay throw. I think the play that he made to his right, dives to his right, gets up quickly, kind of weird looking the way the ball came out of his hand – that was a pretty athletic play and it was very aggressive. So a lot of what J.P. has been doing over the last 48 hours-plus has been pretty aggressive so he’s trending up. I see it as a possibility that the reset button, the time down, could make him feel better overall. I don’t know exactly how he was feeling physically prior to this throw but certainly, this could be a good sign for him.”