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Phillies activate shortstop J.P. Crawford, everyone celebrate

We finally get our shortstop back.

Atlanta Braves v Philadelphia Phillies Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

Earlier this afternoon, we got some news about our beloved shortstop J.P. Crawford.

And wouldn’t you know it, we were right on the money!

Crawford back! Oh glory be. It’s been a long, long five weeks. No offense to Scott Kingery, but he’s not a shortstop.

April 28 is when Crawford got hurt, injuring his forearm on a throw during a game against the Braves. He went on the disabled list the next day. His absence, in a way, broke the logjam in the infield, since Scott Kingery could play every day. But the Phillies have missed him and his smooth, silky defense, because as I mentioned, Scott Kingery isn’t a shortstop. He most definitely isn’t.

To make room for Crawford, Mitch Walding was sent down. He had six plate appearances in three games, and six strikeouts. That’s not a typo: six strikeouts in six at-bats. Yikes.

Thus far this season, Crawford has hit .188/.246/.328, with three doubles and two home runs. He spent five games rehabbing in Clearwater, and then one game at Lehigh Valley.

Welcome back, J.P.!