Phillies Notes: Rollins Visits, Crawford Returns, Lively to KC
The Phillies took down the Marlins on Tuesday night in Miami, behind a strong effort from starter Jake Arrieta. However, much was going on in and around the club, trying hard to catch up to the Atlanta Braves for first place in the National League East. Here are a few tidbits from the last 24 hours in Phillies land.
Former Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins joined the club in Miami. Wearing Phillies road uniform pants and a windbreaker, Rollins was there to try to stimulate the inexperienced young Phillies club towards a playoff berth for the first time since 2011.
John Clark of NBC Sports Philadelphia had the scoop:
Shortstop J.P. Crawford was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. The move was in part, to help fill the void left by Maikel Franco, who is due to have an MRI on his wrist, notes Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia. Crawford will be replaced in Triple-A by Jesmuel Valentin, who cleared waivers and heads back to Lehigh Valley.
Not clearing waivers is starting pitcher Ben Lively. The Kansas City Royals have claimed Lively, the club announced. They designated lefty Eric Stout to make room for Lively. It is unclear if the Royals plan to use him in September.