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NL East Notes: Crawford undergoes surgery, Ramirez suspended

The latest from around the NL East.

MLB: Spring Training-Philadelphia Phillies at New York Yankees Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Phillies shortstop prospect J.P. Crawford had surgery to remove a loose body from his knee Thursday, according to MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki.

Crawford is expected to be healthy by the time Spring Training begins, according to Zolecki.

Crawford, who has emerged as one of the game’s 10 best prospects, didn’t join the Phillies this season but could make the club entering 2017.

Although he batted .244 in Triple-A, Crawford could be a valuable addition to Philadelphia’s lineup. He proved to be a patient hitter as he quickly progressed through the Phillies’ minor league system.

More from around the National League East:

  • Braves pitcher Jose Ramirez was suspended three games for throwing at Jose Fernandez.

  • The Phillies could opt to sign a veteran bat this off-season, but given the fact that they are rebuilding, it might not make much sense.

  • Lucas Duda will return to the Mets on Saturday, but he will only be available to pinch hit at first.

  • Ichiro Suzuki has received unexpected starting time with the Marlins and has responded by performing notably well.

  • There is a chance Stephen Strasburg won’t pitch another game for the Nationals this season.

Standings ‘as of writing’:

Nationals 88-59 —GB

Mets 78-69 10.0 GB

Marlins 73-73 14.5 GB

Phillies 65-82 23.0 GB

Braves 56-91 32.0 GB