June 19, 2015 |
The Phillies' best run output in eight games was still not enough to snap their skid. Their losing streak reached nine, the franchise's longest since 1999, with a 6-4 defeat Wednesday night against the Baltimore Orioles at Citizens Bank Park. Kevin Correia was charged with all six Baltimore runs, although only two were earned. Freddy Galvis' 10th fielding error of the season kick-started the Orioles' crucial four-run fourth inning. "I don't think he's a guy that should have 10 errors at this stage of the game," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said.
March 23, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The first line on the lineup card posted in the Phillies clubhouse on Saturday morning read, "Revere 7. " Ben Revere, the team's everyday centerfielder the last two years, was being moved to left field for the first time in three seasons. The 26-year-old stayed back from the team's road trip on Friday to practice catching fly balls in the new position. He learned earlier in the morning he would play left and Odubel Herrera would play center Saturday against Toronto.
June 29, 2013 |
LOS ANGELES - There was no reason, Charlie Manuel said in spring training, for stashing Freddy Galvis at triple A. The Phillies manager is enamored of the 23-year-old infielder. He adores his baseball instincts, his energy for the game, and his willingness to learn. He wanted Galvis on his bench. That lasted for three months. The Phillies acquired 38-year-old veteran John McDonald in a minor trade Thursday with the Cleveland Indians. He will supplant Galvis, who was optioned to triple A after Thursday's game, when he joins the team on Friday.
August 24, 2012 |
A TEAM spokesman said Freddy Galvis would not address the past, as in the events that led him to test positive in June for using a performance-enhancing drug. Galvis wasn't too comfortable talking about the future, either, or at least about where he saw himself with the 2013 Phillies. But in his current state, as a rookie infielder recovering from a serious back injury, Galvis was as positive as a young major league player could be at the end of a roller-coaster first season. "It's not disappointing for me," Galvis said of not being able to rejoin the Phils this season.
April 11, 2012 |
CHARLIE MANUEL said a mouthful Monday. Well, he didn't actually say much. But what he said carried a deeper meaning than he could express comfortably after a third loss in four games. All three losses wasted acceptable efforts from the Phillies' celebrated starting rotation, around which the team was built. Built, that is, on the cornerstones of All-Stars Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, both of whom are injured. The Phillies have no idea when either will be ready to play, if at all, or how well they will play upon their return.
February 24, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Freddy Galvis has the unenviable task of replacing Phillies' all-time hits leader Jimmy Rollins as the team's everyday shortstop. The slick-fielding 25-year-old said Sunday he doesn't feel extra pressure because of the act he's following. "Jimmy was Jimmy. Jimmy was the man here in Philadelphia," Galvis said. "But you have to come here and play baseball. That's it. I have to do my game. I don't have to do Jimmy's game. I have to do Freddy Galvis' game and play ball.
August 18, 2012 |
MILWAUKEE - About the only thing that will change Friday for Freddy Galvis is he will start earning a salary again. But even though his 50-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs ends, Galvis remains sidelined. A fractured back will probably keep the infielder from playing for the Phillies again in 2012. Galvis has been instructed not to participate in "game situations" until at least Sept. 3, assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said. That marks 12 weeks since the injury was suffered.
May 21, 2016 |
Andres Blanco practices his swing each afternoon in a lonely batting cage. He lifts weights and stretches without the company of teammates. Blanco - the Phillies super utility player - is the first player to arrive at Citizens Bank Park, pulling into the empty ballpark nearly seven hours before each game. Blanco left his native Venezuela 16 years ago with a $3,000 signing bonus. He is lauded for his work ethic and character. Blanco gets to the batting cage early so it will be open when the team's everyday players are ready to hit. Blanco hits the weight room first so the trainers can then focus their attention on the starting lineup.
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.
September 2, 2016 |
It is the cruelest game, a game that inserts a lefthanded pitcher with a 6.50 ERA against a first-place team that mashes lefthanders, and permits that pitcher to come within one strike of securing the best start of his career. Some fans at Citizens Bank Park clapped Wednesday night for Adam Morgan, who headed toward the dugout in the seventh inning of a 2-1 Phillies loss to Washington. "The best I've seen him - probably ever," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. But Morgan's effort was unfinished.