LOS ANGELES - There was no reason, Charlie Manuel said in spring training, for stashing Freddy Galvis at triple A. The Phillies manager is enamored of the 23-year-old infielder. He adores his baseball instincts, his energy for the game, and his willingness to learn. He wanted Galvis on his bench.
That lasted for three months. The Phillies acquired 38-year-old veteran John McDonald in a minor trade Thursday with the Cleveland Indians. He will supplant Galvis, who was optioned to triple A after Thursday's game, when he joins the team on Friday.
The manager's stance on Galvis changed.
"When we evaluate him, we think he has a good chance of being a hell of a player," Manuel said. "If he's going to stay here and only play once a week or something like that, that ain't enough. That's definitely not enough."