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.
The Braves and Marlins have some bad blood, especially concerning Ronald Acuña Jr. Around this time last year, José Ureña intentionally threw at Acuña in the first at-bat of a game, leading to a benches-clearing incident. Acuña was hit on the elbow and exited the game but was ultimately fine. Acuña’s crime? Just being good at baseball. At the time, he had homered in five consecutive games, including three games against the Marlins.
In 2019, the first-place Braves and last-place Marlins have mostly minded their own business. The Marlins, however, can certainly keep a grudge it appears. With his first pitch in the bottom of the first inning Tuesday night in Atlanta, Marlins starter Elieser Hernández hit Acuña in the hip.
Home plate umpire Alan Porter issued warnings to both dugouts. Braves manager Brian Snitker wasn’t happy about his side having received a warning for no reason, and was ejected by first base umpire Mark Wegner. Hernández would hit Adeiny Hechavarría with a pitch in the fourth inning — seemingly unintentionally — and was not ejected. Other than that, there were no more incidents and cooler heads prevailed.
Acuña finished 1-for-4 in the Braves’ 5-1 win. Freddie Freeman hit two home runs and knocked in four runs.