The Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs began 2017 dominant as can be, going 24-5 in one 29-game stretch of the early season.

But most of those players were promoted to Philadelphia and only a couple from the original starting lineup remained.  After a strong stretch to close out the 2017 season, the IronPigs clinched a playoff berth the final day of the season.  However, shortstop J.P. Crawford is not going to go with them.

Tom Housenick of the Allentown Morning Call first reported that Crawford will be called up to join the Philadelphia Phillies, even though the IronPigs are headed to the playoffs.

The move is not yet official.  In order for the Phillies to add Crawford, they will have to subtract someone else.  If Pedro Florimon's ankle is bad enough, the club could place him on the 10-day and then 60-day disabled list to end his season, creating room for Crawford.

However, someone else could also stand to lose a roster spot, which is why there has been no official announcement.

After returning from a disabled list stint on June 20, Crawford batted .280 and began using some power.  Crawford hit 16 doubles, 13 home runs, five triples and put together an OPS over .900 in that span.   Crawford was batting just .189 on June 9 and leaves Lehigh Valley with a .243 batting average overall.

In recent days Crawford made six starts at third base and five starts at second base for the IronPigs.  The Phillies may use him at both positions as well as his natural position of shortstop down the stretch as they look to try to project their future roster.  Incumbent shortstop has played the outfield twice in the last week in advance of this move.

Crawford is headed to Citi Field, where the Phillies continue their series against the Mets Tuesday night at 7:10 p.m.

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