A scare for Phillies' Freddy Galvis

Posted: April 16, 2013

MIAMI - Two batters after Laynce Nix launched a go-ahead home run that would send Roy Halladay and the Phillies to a 2-1 victory Sunday over the Marlins, the celebration was delayed for what looked like a serious injury. Freddy Galvis was hit with a pitch by 6-11 Miami reliever Jon Rauch. The ball came in high and hard on Galvis, hitting him in the right hand.

After a brief delay, Galvis stayed in the game and felt good enough to shake hands when the final out was recorded in Halladay's 200th career win.

"It's good," Galvis said of his hand. "It's perfect."

Galvis made his second straight start Sunday, batting second and playing shortstop in place of Jimmy Rollins. On Saturday, he started at third for Michael Young. Despite getting just three at-bats in the season's first 10 games, Galvis didn't look stale offensively this weekend, going 3-for-6 with two walks and no strikeouts.

"I feel good right now," said Galvis, who had two singles and a walk on Sunday. "I took some good pitches and made contact."

When asked if Galvis' productive weekend would translate into another start in the upcoming three-game series in Cincinnati, Charlie Manuel wasn't committing to any lineup just yet.

"I'll get him in," the manager said. "Don't worry about it."

Galvis, 23, has spent the first 2 weeks of the season adjusting to being a reserve player for the first time in his life. He was a starting shortstop everywhere he went before opening last season as the starting second baseman in place of an injured Chase Utley.

When Utley returned last season, Galvis was already out with a season-ending back injury.

"So far, I feel good," Galvis said of the new role. "You have to be ready. That's one of the things Charlie told me. He said you have to be ready. Sometimes you're going to come in late in a game, sometimes you are going to be in the middle. I just try to stay ready, keep swinging and do my regular workout stuff. And be ready when they need me."


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