September 16, 2015 |
THE LOUDMOUTH from the South made his grand return to Citizens Bank Park last night with a team built for World Series success. But Jonathan Papelbon's pitching-rich Washington Nationals entered the day five games under .500 since July 30. With a combination of another loss and a New York Mets' win, Washington would have faced a double-digit deficit in the National League East. The Nationals' collapse - reminiscent of the 2007-08 Mets - has been borderline embarrassing. The Phillies' fall from grace in the last four years hasn't been much better.
May 8, 2015 |
ATLANTA - When Elvis Araujo jogged in from the visiting bullpen to the mound at Turner Field on Tuesday night, he was able to shake off some of the big-league butterflies that are natural for anyone in his major league debut. All Araujo had to do was look behind him to see the defense he had up the middle: shortstop Freddy Galvis, second baseman Cesar Hernandez and centerfielder Odubel Herrera. The same Venezuelan trio was back in those positions when Araujo, also Venezuelan, pitched out of the 'pen again on Wednesday.
September 16, 2011 |
ALLENTOWN - Luke Carlin hit a two-run home run, and Joe Martinez struck out 13 as the visiting Columbus Clippers downed the IronPigs, 6-2, putting Lehigh Valley on the brink of elimination. After capturing the first game of the best-of-five series, the IronPigs have dropped two straight. They will host Game 4 on Friday. Martinez, a righty, went seven innings and allowed just one run on three hits. The IronPigs threatened in the eight as the go-ahead run reached base before Josh Barfield flied out to end the rally.
April 3, 2012 |
The Phillies beat the Pirates Tuesday night, 7-2, to finish the spring training 14-16-4. (Gotta love all those ties.) Placido Polanco's three-run homer in the fifth inning was the difference. It was Polanco's first homer of the exhibition season. Freddy Galvis' double was his 23rd hit of the preseason and his ninth extra-base hit in 82 at-bats. He had seven in 121 ABs at Triple A last year. Granted, spring statistics hardly forecast future results, but it's better than Galvis having zero extra-base knocks.
April 4, 2012
A SPRING that has had more than its share of sour notes ended with a nice surprise. The Phillies announced after Tuesday night's game that lefthanded reliever Joe Savery had made the roster. Though he pitched in four games as a call-up last September, making the club out of the gate represents another step in Savery's career. The Phillies drafted Savery as a first baseman in the 2007 first round. "He's a good story," manager Charlie Manuel said. "He's come a long way. " Veterans Scott Podsednik, Hector Luna and Raul Valdes did not make the club.
March 28, 2012
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Freddy Galvis suffered a bruised left foot Tuesday after fouling a pitch off it, but the Phillies said the injury is not serious. The 22-year-old prospect turned starting second baseman this spring is day-to-day, Phillies assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said. After a brief examination, team athletic trainers determined an X-ray wasn't necessary. "I'm good," Galvis said. "I'm doing fine. I'll just put some ice on it. " Galvis said he could play Wednesday, but it's likely he does not ride the bus for the lengthy trip to Fort Myers, Fla., where the Phillies face Minnesota.
October 26, 2011 |
After being sidelined for more than a week, shortstop Freddy Galvis should return to action for his Venezula winter league team by Thursday or Friday. The Phillies top prospect had a cyst drained in his right wrist, according to Greg Casterioto, the Phillies' director of baseball comunications. Galvis, who will turn 22 next month, was pulled from the lineup of Aguilas De Zulia shortly before the game on Oct. 18 game due to discomfort in his right throwing wrist. Long known for his smooth glove, the Phillies named Galvis the top position player prospect in the organization after he hit a combined .278 last season in double A and triple A. He remains one of their top in-house options if shortstop Jimmy Rollins leaves via free agency.
April 1, 2014
JIMMY ROLLINS may not be in the lineup for the Phillies' opener today in Arlington, Texas. Rollins did not fly on the team's charter flight on Saturday since he and his wife, Johari, are expecting the couple's second child. Rollins could still join the team before the game, which begins at 2 p.m. EDT. If the Phillies have to place Rollins on the paternity list, he could stay off the roster for as many as three games (but could also return after one game missed, too). If the Phils have to call up an infielder to replace Rollins, they have options.
September 21, 2015 |
ATLANTA - It is too early to tell exactly when J.P. Crawford, a highly touted shortstop and the Phillies' top prospect, will reach the major leagues. But it is not premature to begin to gauge whether Freddy Galvis, the Phillies' shortstop all season, could factor into the team's equation at second base in the future. Galvis started at second base for the first time this season in the Phillies' 2-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Saturday night at Turner Field. Although interim manager Pete Mackanin insisted there was "no ulterior motive" to the temporary position change, it makes sense for the Phillies' front office to see Galvis play on the right side of the infield before season's end. Galvis "might play two or three games" at second base over the final two weeks of the season, Mackanin said.
September 25, 2015 |
MIAMI - What's likely to go down as the worst Phillies season in 54 years is, finally, on the brink of being over. There are 10 games remaining on the 2015 schedule. The Phillies will play tonight in Miami, three times this weekend in Washington, and then come home to say "So long" to Citizens Bank Park for the final time after a forgettable, woeful summer of baseball. Many of the veterans have been traded and enough of the younger players have been evaluated, giving management an idea of what the Phillies have going into another offseason of transition.