May 17, 2015 |
Maikel Franco's Friday began much earlier than usual when shortly after 7 a.m. he heard a knock on his door at the Rochester Plaza Hotel. It was triple-A Lehigh Valley manager Dave Brundage, there to deliver the news that the third baseman was headed to Philadelphia. It was early for the 22-year-old Franco, who said he typically wakes up at about 11 a.m. "It's good," he said hours later, seated in the Phillies' dugout at Citizens Bank Park. "I'll take that. " By the end of his day, Franco had in the books his first game as the Phillies' everyday third baseman.
August 25, 2012 |
The brace, affixed to Freddy Galvis' torso for six weeks, could be removed only when the 22-year-old Phillies infielder showered. "So yeah," Galvis said, "I stayed a long time in the shower. " Now there is progress from a fractured vertebra in his back, even a target date in which Galvis can play minor-league baseball. It has been a trying season for the rookie Venezuelan, who started opening day at second base, injured his back, and was subsequently suspended 50 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.
April 25, 2013 |
Charlie Manuel grabbed a first baseman's mitt hours before first pitch Tuesday night and manned the position. Freddy Galvis and Kevin Frandsen wanted extra work on the infield. The 69-year-old Manuel helped. "We needed somebody," the manager said. What Manuel needs is the man usually at first base, Ryan Howard, to produce more. Howard, typically a slow starter, was off to his worst 18-game stretch entering Tuesday. It is early and the sample size is small, but Howard was trending downward.
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.
June 2, 2015 |
Freddy Galvis will enter the series opener Tuesday against the Cincinnati Reds in his biggest slump in an otherwise great first two months of the season. The Phillies' 25-year-old shortstop sat Sunday, his fifth day off in the season's first 52 games. A recent 12-game stretch dropped Galvis' batting average from .355 to .289 after the loss to the Colorado Rockies on Saturday. He had just seven hits in his last 52 at-bats and was hitless in his last 13. The ever-confident Galvis said he believes he is still hitting the ball well, just to the wrong spots on the field.