Phillies infielder J.P. Crawford fractured his hand when he was hit by a pitch in Philadelphia's loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night, sidelining him for four to six weeks, manager Gabe Kapler told reporters after the game.
Crawford, who began the season at shortstop but has been playing mostly third base since June 6, was hit by a 94 mph fastball from Luke Weaver in the fourth inning.
He was replaced by Maikel Franco, who has seen his playing time diminish of late.
In 33 games this season, the 23-year-old Crawford is hitting .194 with two home runs and eight RBIs. He also has two stolen bases.
Franco, the Phillies' everyday third baseman in 2016 and 2017, is hitting .245. His average has steadily been declining since he was at .292 on May 9. He has nine home runs and 36 RBIs.
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