Phillies shortstop J.P. Crawford was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right forearm strain, the club announced Sunday. In a corresponding move, infielder Jesmuel Valentin was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Crawford, 23, sustained the forearm injury during the fifth inning of Saturday’s 4-1 loss to the Braves. Per Crawford’s own comments, he had felt elbow discomfort for several days, then lost significant feeling in it while making a throw to third base during Freddie Freeman‘s RBI triple. Following the play, he was pulled from the game and replaced by Pedro Florimon. The severity of his injury — and the length of his recovery process — has yet to be revealed.
Prior to the incident, Crawford struggled to find his footing as he opened his second major league season with the Phillies. He exited Saturday’s game batting .190/.250/.333 with five extra-base hits and a .583 OPS in his first 70 plate appearances of 2018.
In his absence, 24-year-old Valentin is poised to make his big league debut with the club. The rookie infielder slashed a robust .242/.373/.371 with five extra bases and a .744 OPS through 75 PA in Triple-A.
PHILADELPHIA – Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will miss the start of the 2023 season after he had reconstructive right elbow surgery.
The operation was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.
Harper is expected to return to Philadelphia’s lineup as the designated hitter by the All-Star break. He could be back in right field by the end of the season, according to the team.
The 30-year-old Harper suffered a small ulnar collateral ligament tear in his elbow in April. He last played right field at Miami on April 16. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection in May and shifted to designated hitter.
Harper met Nov. 14 with ElAttrache, who determined the tear did not heal on its own, necessitating surgery.
Even with the elbow injury, Harper led the Phillies to their first World Series since 2009, where they lost in six games to Houston. He hit .349 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 17 postseason games.
In late June, Harper suffered a broken thumb when he was hit by a pitch and was sidelined for two months. The two-time NL MVP still hit .286 with 18 homers and 65 RBIs for the season.
Harper left Washington and signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies in 2019. A seven-time All-Star, Harper has 285 career home runs.
With Harper out, the Phillies could use Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber at designated hitter. J.T. Realmuto also could serve as the DH when he needs a break from his catching duties.