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

Cincinnati Reds v Philadelphia Phillies

PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 10: J.P. Crawford #2 of the Philadelphia Phillies hits an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Citizens Bank Park on April 10, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies defeated the Reds 6-1. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

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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,’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.

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