Manager Pete Mackanin said Crawford will get a start at shortstop Sunday, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports. Crawford has started 16 of the Phillies' 18 games since he was promoted from Triple-A Lehigh Valley but has made only three starts at shortstop, his natural position. The 22-year-old has hit just .245 in his 53 at-bats, but he does have a solid .379 on-base percentage. If the Phillies want to keep Crawford in the majors next year, they may need to open up a spot in their infield by trading Freddy Galvis or Maikel Franco this offseason.
Crawford is batting eighth and playing third base Thursday. Philadelphia hasn't played the 22-year-old every day but is mixing him in often at the hot corner -- at the expense of Maikel Franco -- to gauge its future around the infield. Though he holds a .352 OBP in his limited action (54 plate appearances), Crawford hasn't yet homered and plods along with a .261 batting average and a .391 slugging percentage. He will step in against Kenta Maeda.
Crawford is out of the lineup against the Dodgers on Wednesday. Crawford receives a day off following nine consecutive starts, hitting .310/.432/.483 with five RBI and five runs during that span. For Wednesday's game, Maikel Franco will man the hot corner while Cesar Hernandez and Freddy Galvis play up the middle.
Crawford is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Nationals. After making four consecutive starts following his callup, Crawford will head to the bench as manager Pete Mackanin goes with Freddy Galvis and Maikel Franco on the left side of the infield. Crawford is just 3-for-16 to begin his big-league career, but he figures to play five days a week or so down the stretch as the Phillies evaluate for 2018.
Crawford is starting at third base and hitting seventh in his big-league debut Tuesday against the Mets, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports. Crawford is a shortstop by trade, but the Phillies will deploy him at the hot corner in his first big-league start. He should see time at shortstop and third base over the final four weeks. Crawford hit .285/.385/.544 line with 13 homers in 228 at-bats since the beginning of July en route to earning this promotion. The Phillies will have some interesting roster decisions to make this offseason, but the expectation is that Crawford remains the team's shortstop of the future.
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