When the Phillies re-signed Chase Utley last month, Freddy Galvis questioned his standing in the organization. It was not an irrational thought - the current middle infield is secured through at least 2015. Interim manager Ryne Sandberg advised Galvis that he could control only his performance.
Nights like a 4-2 Phillies victory over San Diego on Wednesday demonstrate Galvis' potential value as a utility man in 2014. He swatted a fifth-inning home run into the left-field corner. He slapped a double to begin the seventh and scored the eventual winning run with hustle on a Cesar Hernandez groundout. He added an insurance run with a perfect safety squeeze bunt in the eighth.