Phillies Notes: Freddy Galvis nailed to the bench so far

Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick and catcher Erik Kratz are visited on the mound by pitching coach Rich Dubee. (David M Warren/Staff Photographer)
Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick and catcher Erik Kratz are visited on the mound by pitching coach Rich Dubee. (David M Warren/Staff Photographer)
Posted: April 12, 2013

The Phillies played their ninth game of the season Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park, and infielder Freddy Galvis has started none of them. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. admitted that it is a concern that needs to be addressed.

"Sometime soon - probably," the general manager said. "We kind of take it day by day."

Galvis has made three pinch-hitting appearances and is hitless with a strikeout. He flied out in the eighth inning Wednesday.

Manager Charlie Manuel still believes the young infielder will benefit most by being on the big-league roster. "I definitely think I can find him some playing time," Manuel said.

Manuel's problem is that the three places Galvis is most likely to play are second base, shortstop, and third base.

The three players at those positions - Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, and Michael Young - have been among the Phillies' best hitters in the early going.

Manuel said it's possible that Galvis gets into some games as an outfielder, but Amaro said that would not be the best use of the player's skills.

"That's not where his benefit is," Amaro said. "He benefits our team by being an outstanding middle infielder and third baseman."

At this point, Amaro has no regrets about Galvis' limited role.

"Playing time was important to us, but we wanted to break with our 25 best players, and he was one of them," Amaro said. "We'll see how it goes."

The Phillies view Galvis as a future everyday player, so they do not want his skills to erode on the bench.

"You can do all the work you want to in a pregame and extra work and all that other business, but if you're not playing games, it's not helping you develop," Amaro said. "We'll figure it out."

Lannan's second start

Other than Cliff Lee, lefthander John Lannan gave the Phillies the best pitching effort in their first eight games. He went seven innings and allowed three runs while striking out five in Saturday's 4-3 win over Kansas City.

"It was a good one to build off, especially coming off a rough outing and not finishing the spring strongly," said Lannan, who was 1-2 with a 7.71 ERA in 21 spring training innings. "The first one was a good way to start."

Lannan will pitch Friday, when the Phillies begin a three-game series in Miami.

"I am familiar with some of their guys, and hopefully the up-and-coming guys I can learn about," said Lannan, who is 5-4 with a 3.46 ERA in 12 career starts against the Marlins.

Pitching near home

Mets reliever Greg Burke is a Gloucester Catholic graduate who grew up following the Phillies. He pitched for the first time at Citizens Bank Park in Tuesday's 8-3 Mets loss.

Burke pitched two innings, allowing one run while striking out two.

"It was pretty cool," said Burke, who now lives in Medford. "I attended games there, but pitching is a different story, and the fact that my family was there made it really nice."

Burke said that he left 17 tickets for friends and relatives, and that many more than that were at the game.

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