Top Prospect Crawford Out 4-6 Weeks

crawfordIt is far from a crippling blow, but top Phillies prospect J.P. Crawford suffered a setback nonetheless this week.

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.

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