Crawford was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Wednesday, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports. Crawford appeared to be the potential shortstop of the future when he was acquired in the Jean Segura trade over the offseason, but that future won't begin right away. He could still be up for a fair amount of run later in the year, but Tim Beckham will start the season at short for Seattle.
Crawford, acquired from the Phillies in an early-December trade, is hitting .240 with two extra-base hits (double, triple), two walks and three runs over 25 spring at-bats. The 24-year-old has picked it up at the plate as spring has unfolded, as he'd hit safely in four straight exhibitions prior to rain wiping out Tuesday's Cactus League tilt versus the White Sox. Crawford could form the left-handed side of a shortstop platoon with veteran Tim Beckham this coming season, although the latter has the advantage of being a much more accomplished hitter at the big-league level. Crawford has scuffled with the bat in his two prior major-league stints, most recently slashing .214/.319/.393 over 137 plate appearances with the Phillies in 2018.
Crawford (shoulder) has six appearances as a pinch hitter since his last start Sept. 19. Crawford was dealing with shoulder soreness for the back half of September but has been regularly used to pinch hit over the last couple of weeks. The 23-year-old is unlikely to be called upon for a high-leverage spot given his .214/.319/.393 slash line for the season.
Crawford is dealing with shoulder soreness, though he is available to hit, Scott Lauber of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. The issue apparently bothers Crawford more when he throws, leaving him to hit and run off the bench should an opportunity arise. Given the youngster's .214/.318/.384 slash line through 43 games with the big club this season, he likely won't be manager Gabe Kapler's first choice should the Phillies need a pinch hitter.
Crawford went 1-for-3 with a triple, three RBI and a run scored in Monday's 9-4 loss to New York. Crawford delivered a three-run triple in the fifth inning to cut the deficit to one, but the Mets would pull away in the ninth to take the first game of the series. Since being promoted from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Sept. 4, the 23-year-old has gone 5-for-13 with three extra-base hits and four RBI.