Phillies activate SS J.P. Crawford from the disabled list

PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 05: J.P. Crawford #2 of the Philadelphia Phillies is unable to make a play on the ball in the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citizens Bank Park on April 25, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 05: J.P. Crawford #2 of the Philadelphia Phillies is unable to make a play on the ball in the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citizens Bank Park on April 25, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images) /
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One of the Phillies young infielders is back after missing over a month

Phillies former top prospect J.P. Crawford has been reinstated from the disabled list after missing over a month of playing time with a forearm strain. The 23-year-old hasn’t played since April 28 after a poor first month of the season.

To make room on the 25-man roster the Phillies optioned infielder Mitch Walding to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Walding made his major league debut in Los Angeles after Pedro Florimon broke his foot on a foul ball, but struck out six times in as many plate appearances in three games.

Getting 64 at-bats early in the season, Crawford was hitting .188 with two home runs and six RBI for Philadelphia. Prospect Scott Kingery has filled most of the playing time at short and improved drastically over Crawford’s absence.

Now with Crawford back as the everyday shortstop, Kingery will return to the “super utility role” the organization designed for him after signing a multi-year contract during spring training.  Once the top second base prospect in baseball Kingery has played six positions this year with 246 innings at shortstop.

Kingery’s other appearances have come across the outfield, second, and third base.

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Philadelphia is in the final stretch of a 10-game west coast road trip that hasn’t played in their favor, dropping five of eight games, including a series sweep in San Francisco. A healthy 6-1 win in Chicago for the season series opener was backed by Zach Eflin’s 7.2 innings of one-run ball.

Aaron Nola will face Jose Quintana in game two of the series in Chicago at 8:05 p.m. EST.

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