Galvis hasn't played in a game since suffering a pars fracture in his back on June 6.
But after wearing a back brace for nearly 2 months, Galvis said he's pain-free as he has been mobilized in the last 2 weeks and has begun to field ground balls. After coming to Philadelphia for team photo day on Thursday, Galvis will head back to Clearwater, Fla., to continue his rehab on Friday.
"I think the plan is I'm going to play around Sept. 15 or something like that, then stay in the Instructional League to get at-bats and then go to Venezuela for winter ball," Galvis said.
Galvis, 22, became a pleasant surprise in an otherwise dreary first half of the season when he was penciled in on Opening Day to play second base for injured All-Star Chase Utley. With sparkling defense and a clutch bat - he hit only .226 but had 24 RBI in 58 games - Galvis was a regular in the lineup.
Although Galvis wouldn't speculate where he might fit into the Phils' plans in 2013, manager Charlie Manuel spoke glowingly of the sure-handed infielder when asked whether he could handle being a backup utility infielder next season.
"If we send Freddy Galvis back to the minor leagues, I think we'd have an awful strong team; that's what I think," Manuel said. "We'd be real strong if we send him back."
Manuel has raved about Galvis' high baseball IQ and acumen since the longtime shortstop began to play second base for the first time in spring training. He continued to praise Galvis on Thursday.
"He is the best baseball player, as far as knowledge, and how to carry out an assignment on the field, that I've seen in a long time," Manuel said. "We talk about [Mike] Trout and we talk about [Bryce] Harper, Freddy Galvis has more natural instincts, more knowledge of where to go, to carry out assignments, and fundamentally play the game than any kid I've seen in a long time."
Galvis should have an opportunity to show off those instincts next month in Clearwater. For now, he's just glad he no longer has to wear that pesky back brace, which kept him laid up for the first 12 weeks of his rehab.
Galvis was allowed to take off the brace only when he showered.
"So, yeah," Galvis said with a grin, "I stayed, like, a long time in the shower."
When Nate Schierholtz went on the disabled list with a broken right big toe on Aug. 13, the Phillies estimated he would be out 3 to 4 weeks. But after taking batting practice with his teammates this week, Schierholtz expects to return when the 15-day stint expires next week. He is eligible to be activated as soon as Tuesday.
"By the 15th day, I feel I'll be ready," Schierholtz said.
Schierholtz had played with a sore foot for a while, but aggravated it when he fouled a ball off his toe during an at-bat in the 10th inning on Aug. 12. The veteran outfielder hasn't begun to run yet, but figures he has plenty of time to add that to his rehab regimen before Tuesday.
"I think within the next couple of days, I should be able to [run]," said Schierholtz, who is hitting .219 (7-for-32) with a home run and a double in 11 games with the Phillies since arriving from San Francisco in the Hunter Pence trade.
Jeremy Horst was activated from the paternity leave list after his wife gave birth to the couple's first son, Cash William Horst. "It's been crazy . . . been a good week," Horst said. "All good things." To make room for Horst, the Phillies optioned fellow reliever Michael Schwimer to Lehigh Valley . . . After starting 61 straight games, Jimmy Rollins was out of the starting lineup for the third time in the last 18 games. Rollins is hitting .196 with a .265 on-base percentage in 37 games since the All-Star break. "I think Jimmy could use some down time," Charlie Manuel said. Michael Martinez started at shortstop . . . Juan Pierre entered Thursday's game needing one stolen base to tie Maury Wills for 19th place all-time. Pierre's 585 are the most among active players.
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