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Phillies prospect J.P. Crawford will make his major league debut tonight

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The Phillies officially announced the promotion of shortstop prospect J.P. Crawford from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Tuesday. To make room for him on the roster, utilityman Pedro Florimon was moved to the 60-day disabled list with a dislocated right ankle.

Crawford is batting seventh and playing third base in Tuesday’s lineup against the Mets, per CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury. The 22-year-old had played shortstop exclusively in his professional career until the latter half of August, when the Phillies had him get some work at second and third base. Freddy Galvis, the Phillies’ regular shortstop, is working on playing in all 162 games this season and has become a clubhouse leader. Third baseman Maikel Franco, meanwhile, has had an utterly disappointing season.

In 556 plate appearances with Lehigh Valley this season, Crawford hit .243/.351/.405 with 15 home runs and 63 RBI in 556 plate appearances. He struggled through the first three months, carrying a .597 OPS through the end of June. From the start of July through September 4, however, Crawford put up a .929 OPS, mashing 13 home runs and drawing 36 walks in 265 plate appearances.

Crawford joins Rhys Hoskins and Nick Williams as heralded prospects to make their debuts this season for the Phillies.

Angels hire Brad Ausmus as special assistant to the GM

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Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports that the Angels have hired former Tigers manager Brad Ausmus as a special assistant to GM Billy Eppler.

Ausmus, 48, managed the Tigers for four seasons, accruing a 314-332 (.486) record. The Tigers fired him after the 2017 season and hired former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire in his place.

Ausmus will assist with scouting and evaluations of players in the Angels’ system, amateurs, and players in other organizations.