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Jack McCaffery is the lead sports columnist for the Daily Times and delcotimes.com. He has spent several decades covering everything from the Phillies, Eagles, Flyers and Sixers, to college hoops, to high school sports in Delco.

Friday, September 16, 2016

JP Crawford has surgery, should be ready for spring training

The No. 1 prospect in the Phillies' minor-league system underwent arthroscopic knee surgery Wednesday.

According to the club, shortstop J.P. Crawford had the procedure performed on his left knee by team Dr. Michael Ciccotti.

Through the Phillies, Ciccotti said, the surgery was "successful." Loose bodies were removed from Crawford's knee.

Crawford will need four weeks of rest and, after that, will have a "normal" offseason, according to the report from Ciccotti, who added that Crawford will be "ready for spring training."

In his recently completed season, his fourth as a professional, Crawford hit a combined .250 with seven home runs at Reading and Allentown.

"We challenged him," said Matt Klentak the other day, of Crawford's season. "Even having a 21-year-old at Double-A, but certainly at Triple-A, is aggressive. I think he’s proven at both levels that he still has the ability to control the strike zone as well as anybody in our organization and probably the best in minor-league baseball.

"I think his defense has taken a step forward. He’s still 21 years old. He still needs to get stronger. He still has some things he needs to work on. As I said all along, players are not always going to excel at every turn. There are going to have bumps in the  road and they’re going to have to overcome them. I’m confident JP will."

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