Crawford flew to Arizona following Sunday's win over the Dodgers to be with his wife for the birth of their fourth child. He will miss the allotted three games before rejoining the club, Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic reports. Fantasy owners will have to make do without Crawford's services. He is slashing .315/.370/.492 with eight homers and 32 RBI through 70 games this season. Alen Hanson figures to be the main benefactor of playing time at short until Crawford returns to the lineup Thursday against the Padres.
Crawford will be placed on the paternity list Monday, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Crawford has been on a tear since the start of May with a .401/.450/.425 line with six home runs over 41 games and can spend up to three days on the paternity list. Kelby Tomlinson is likely to rejoin the Giants to bolster their infield depth in Crawford's brief absence.
Crawford went 4-for-4 with a two-run home run and a double in the Giants' 2-0 victory over the Nationals on Sunday. Crawford continued his ridiculous hot streak of recent weeks with this four-hit performance bringing his slash line up to a shiny .338/.385/.536 through 222 at-bats. Those numbers make him one of the best offensive shortstops in baseball to start the season, and even if Crawford's average ends up evening out back toward his career mark of .257 as the year progresses, he certainly has the look of a player primed for a career-best campaign at the plate.
Crawford is not in the lineup against the Nationals on Saturday, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports. Crawford will retreat to the bench with southpaw Gio Gonzalez on the hill for Washington. In his place, Alen Hanson will get a start at shortstop and bat atop the Giants' order. Look for Crawford to be back in the starting nine for Sunday's finale against Max Scherzer.
Crawford went 1-for-2 with an RBI double and two walks in Tuesday's loss to the visiting Diamondbacks. Crawford slashed a double -- his 14th of the year -- off Patrick Corbin in the fifth, bringing around Mac Williamson to give Crawford his 26th RBI. The shortstop continues to light it up at the plate, hitting .500 with four extra-base hits through the first five games of June. Crawford's slash line is now .322/.371/.500 with 22 extra-base hits. The 31-year-old's .871 OPS ranks fourth among all MLB shortstops.
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