Top Prospect Crawford Out 4-6 Weeks
He strained his left oblique, which the Phillies said could sideline him four to six weeks.
“That’s the range,” Phillies player development director Joe Jordan said. “We’ll see in a few days how he responds to treatment. We’ll have a better feel in five, six, seven days from now.”
Crawford, 20, was scheduled to open the season in Class A Clearwater with a potentially quick promotion to Double-A Reading, but that will have to wait.
“It’s disappointing, but it shouldn’t be a long term thing,” Jordan said.
The Phillies selected Crawford with the 16th overall pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft. MLBPipline.com ranks Crawford as the No. 22 prospect in baseball. He hit a combined .285 with 23 doubles, 11 home runs, 48 RBIs, 24 stolen bases and a .781 OPS in 538 plate appearances last season with Class A Lakewood and Clearwater.