Galvis finally healthy, working on bat

YONG KIM / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Freddy Galvis is batting .211 at Lehigh Valley.
YONG KIM / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Freddy Galvis is batting .211 at Lehigh Valley.
Posted: July 29, 2014

ALLENTOWN - Like the Phillies, Freddy Galvis has had a rough year. The 24-year-old infielder found misfortune even before the season started, and it has not gotten much better since.

In late March, Glavis contracted MRSA, a staph infection that can easily lead to other infections, and had to be hospitalized. The Phillies made the decision that he would start the season on the disabled list, putting him behind right from the get-go.

"It was really tough because I didn't get to do a spring training," Galvis said. "I was trying to rid the infection out of my body. After that, I tried to do my stuff on the field and it was kind of slow. When I went straight to the major leagues it was really tough for me."

Without much time to adjust, Gavis struggled at the major league level after he was activated. He managed just two hits in his 46 plate appearances (.048) before being optioned to Triple A Lehigh Valley.

He had another tough break as soon as he started playing for the IronPigs. He broke his clavicle while chasing a popup in foul territory. He remained out of any lineup until just before the All-Star break.

"It has been a tough year," Galvis said. "There a lot of things that have happened that I cannot control. Nobody knew those things were going to happen. After my collarbone broke, I really just tried to clear my mind and do my rehab and stay strong, come back and get it done here."

Galvis said his rehab process went well, and he has no reservations about the injury now. For the first 2 weeks of the rehab, he could do nothing but sit there. That was the hardest part for him.

"As a baseball player, you are always doing something," Galvis said. "Practicing, playing, whatever. Being there doing nothing was really hard."

Now that he is able to play everyday, he has made his way back up to Triple A. He played 10 games in Florida, five with both the Gulf Coast League Phillies and the Clearwater Threshers, during his rehab process.

Finally healthy, he has turned his attention to his bat. He had just eight hits in 37 plate appearances during his rehab stint, which is not going to cut it for him. Both he and his manager Dave Brundage know how important it is for him to get back in a groove at the plate.

"He's been fine. Health-wise, he has been good," Brundage said. "He is up and running. Now we need to get him back up swinging the bat. Confidence is down a little bit, too. Obviously you need to have success to build your confidence."

Galvis is starting to regain his confidence because he is actually on the field playing. Though his average is just .211 with Lehigh Valley, he is hitting the ball better of late, which he credits to seeing more pitches.

"Playing everyday gets you better," Galvis said. "Seeing more pitches and taking more swings. That's what I love about playing everyday. When you play more you swing better."

"He has always had the defense, and that has never wavered," Brundage said. "It is offensively where we need to get him up and running and utilizing all fields so he doesn't just get one-sided and pull-happy."

With the big-league club struggling, Galvis knows that he has a chance for a call-up and he could make a difference if he can get his bat right.

"Some guys are different," Brundage said. "Some guys take a week, some guys take a couple days, some guys take a couple weeks. With Freddy having what he did at the big-league level, he had his confidence knocked down a little bit. Obviously that is why he is down here, to get it back."

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