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J.P. Crawford to miss four to six weeks with fractured left hand

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Phillies infielder J.P. Crawford was hit on the left hand by a Luke Weaver fastball in the fourth inning of Tuesday night’s 7-6 loss to the Cardinals. He’s headed to the disabled list, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports. Crawford will miss four to six weeks, MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki adds.

Crawford, 23, was on the disabled list earlier this season between April 29 and June 5 with a strained right forearm. He played in only 13 games before having to go back on the DL. In 112 plate appearances this season, Crawford is hitting .194/.312/.333 with a pair of home runs, eight RBI, and 14 runs scored.

Since his return, Crawford had been functioning in more of a superutility role, drawing starts at both shortstop and third base. While Crawford is mending his injury, Scott Kingery should get regular starts at shortstop while Maikel Franco maintains the starting job at third base.

Cardinals extend José Martínez through 2020

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First baseman/outfielder José Martínez agreed to a two-year contract extension with the Cardinals on Saturday, per a team announcement. MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reports that Martínez will receive $3.25 million in the deal plus incentives if he earns a more stable place within the starting lineup.

Martínez, 30, played 887 games in the minors before making his major-league debut with the Cardinals at the tail end of the 2016 season. The veteran first baseman has been nothing but productive in the three years since his debut, however, and turned in a career-best performance in 2018 after slashing .305/.364/.457 with 17 home runs, an .821 OPS, and 2.3 fWAR through 590 plate appearances. While he brings some positional flexibility to the table, he’ll be forced to compete against Dexter Fowler and Tyler O'Neill for a full-time gig in right field this year, as Paul Goldschmidt currently has a lock on first base.

According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the extension wasn’t solely precipitated by Martínez’s productivity in the majors, but by a competing offer from an unnamed Japanese team over the offseason. Goold adds that Martínez would have earned “significantly more than he would in the majors” had the club sold his rights. In the end, they ultimately elected to ink him to a more lucrative deal themselves. He’ll be eligible for arbitration in 2020.