April 5, 2012 |
NOW THAT HE is the Opening Day second baseman, it is appropriate to know how to pronounce Freddy Galvis' last name. Is it Gal-Vis or Gal-Vees? "No," he said. "It's not Gal-Vees. It is Gal-vis. (slowly) Gal-Vis . . . V-I-S. " It is somewhat of a mystery how Gal-vis became Gal-vees, he said. But there's no secret why Galvis became the darling of spring: He batted .280, tied for the team lead with 23 hits and the Phillies desperately, desperately need him. No matter how you say it, the youngster who was the shortstop of the future last season is, for now, the starting second baseman of this one. Remember.
July 8, 2013 |
Depending on moves the Phillies could make before the July 31 trade deadline, a few players waiting in the wings at triple-A Lehigh Valley could be called on to fill spots on the big-league roster. IronPigs third baseman Cody Asche and second baseman Cesar Hernandez - both 23-year-olds and triple-A all-stars this season - are swinging hot enough bats to make a case for a trip to Philadelphia. But Lehigh Valley manager Dave Brundage isn't convinced the prospects should be leaving Allentown any time soon.
September 4, 2013 |
The Phillies will add six minor-league players as September call-ups, but some notable prospects will be left waiting by the phone. Catcher Cameron Rupp, a former third-round pick who ascended to the top of the organization's catching ladder with a solid season, was added to the roster. Lefty Mauricio Robles, a hard thrower with shaky command, earned a promotion. They are joined by infielder Freddy Galvis and pitchers Tyler Cloyd, Luis Garcia and Joe Savery. Enigmatic reliever Phillippe Aumont apparently will be sent home.
September 17, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Freddy Galvis inspected the bat rack Friday in the visitors' dugout at Nationals Park when Phillies hitting coach Steve Henderson greeted him. "You in left field again?" Henderson asked the shortstop. Galvis smiled. "That's because you keep hitting," Henderson said. "If you don't hit, you're stuck sitting with me. " The two laughed. These September games are for Galvis and countryman Cesar Hernandez, and an intriguing competition between the two friends could brew next spring.
April 6, 2014 |
CHICAGO - Carlos Ruiz logged nine plate appearances in the last two games and reached base six times, a number that will stick in the back of Ryne Sandberg's mind. Ruiz's two-game stay as the Phillies' No. 2 hitter will end Saturday when Jimmy Rollins returns. But the catcher made an impression at the top of the lineup. "Whatever spot he's in, I think he takes on that role," Sandberg said. "Maybe the fact he's batting second, it is a job to get on base and set the table for the other guys.
December 8, 2012 |
NASHVILLE - Ben Revere was not the only centerfielder the Phillies added to their roster before leaving the winter meetings Thursday. They also selected speedy Ender Inciarte off the triple-A roster of the Arizona Diamondbacks in the annual Rule 5 draft. The 22-year-old Venezuelan had a career .283 average and .347 on-base percentage and 111 stolen bases in five minor-league seasons with Arizona. The lefthanded-hitting Inciarte hit a combined .307 with 28 doubles, 10 triples, two home runs, and 46 stolen bases at low-single-A South Bend and high-single-A Visalia.
July 26, 2013 |
ST. LOUIS - In addition to their loss to the Cardinals on Tuesday night, the Phillies lost their most powerful offensive weapon for at least a couple of games. Domonic Brown said yesterday that he was feeling much better than he did the previous night, when he experienced some dizziness after slamming to the Busch Stadium outfield grass while diving after a seventh-inning fly ball. The leftfielder said he hoped to return to the lineup sooner, but that Major League Baseball's protocol for dealing with concussions would not allow it. "You automatically miss 2 days once you start filling out the concussion form," said Brown, who went through a series of diagnostic tests under the supervision of head athletic trainer Scott Sheridan, the results of which were then written up and forwarded to the league office.
June 6, 2012 |
A HIGH FASTBALL, a hard swing, and a chorus of boos that began as the popup descended into a Dodger infielder's glove. Thus arrived the unsatisfying end of another Jimmy Rollins plate appearance. This one played out Monday night in the bottom of the third inning, a half-frame that produced an RBI single from eight-hole hitter Freddy Galvis and a two-run home run by two-hole hitter Placido Polanco, but nothing from the veteran leadoff hitter who bats in between. The timing of the sequence was impeccable.
April 5, 2013 |
ATLANTA - When Charlie Manuel was asked on Monday who his lefthanded bat off the bench would be on days when Laynce Nix was in the starting lineup, the manager was somewhat stumped before coming to the conclusion that it would be switch-hitter Freddy Galvis. Manuel didn't mention Ender Inciarte, perhaps because he knew the 22-year-old Rule 5 pick, with no experience beyond Class A, wasn't long for the team. Inciarte was designated for assignment on Tuesday. In place of Inciarte is Ezequiel Carrera, a 25-year-old, lefthanded-hitting outfielder.
May 21, 2013 |
It was 4:47 p.m. Sunday when a beaming Charlie Manuel sauntered into his team's clubhouse. He found Freddy Galvis, shook the diminutive hero's hand, and disappeared to pack for an eight-game road trip. As Galvis described his elation upon hitting an unbelievable home run that sealed a 3-2 Phillies victory to a throng of reporters, Kevin Frandsen jumped up and down to make Galvis laugh. A few lockers away, Carlos Ruiz struggled to pull green shorts over his wrapped right leg. Across the room, Ryan Howard dismissed the notion that a left knee injury that apparently has afflicted him since spring training was serious.