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.
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.
December 3, 2013 |
THE JOHN MAYBERRY Jr. era could come to an end for Phillies fans today. Today marks the deadline for major league teams to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players. Teams must make their decisions prior to midnight. The Phillies have five such players: Mayberry, fellow outfielder Ben Revere, pitchers Kyle Kendrick and Antonio Bastardo and infielder Kevin Frandsen. Any player not tendered a contract automatically becomes a free agent. Last winter, the Phillies non-tendered outfielder Nate Schierholtz, who went on to have a career year with the Chicago Cubs.
June 8, 2012 |
FATE CAN BE cruel and, then again, fate can be a twisted wretch. For those keeping score at home, that transformation occurred in the bottom of the fifth inning of the Phillies' game Wednesday night when Freddy Galvis suddenly grabbed his back. He has been the Phillies' sunshine this season amid all of their layers of gloom. They have lacked health this season, and they have not been lucky, and their deficiencies have been laid bare – but there was always Galvis, who has filled in at second base in the first 2 months of the season in a way that no one had a right to expect, playing impeccably in the field and hitting enough and becoming a favorite among fans looking for someone, anyone, to love.
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.
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.
March 5, 2013 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Ender Inciarte, an athletic outfielder who is short on experience but high on talent, is making an impression on Charlie Manuel. At least better than the first impression the Rule 5 pick had on his new manager. "The first day we practiced I showed up at [4:45 a.m.]," Manuel said following Sunday's 13-5 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. "And he came in behind me and asked, 'Who do I see about getting a locker?' I said, 'What's your name?' And he told me, and I didn't recognize his name.
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.
September 9, 2013 |
Freddy Galvis enjoyed the type of statement game that he needs to ensure a roster spot with the Phillies next season. Galvis hit a solo home run in the ninth inning off Freddy Garcia, giving the Phillies a 6-5 win Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park. Now hitting .216, Galvis went 4 for 5 with the homer and two RBIs as the Phillies won their second in a row over an Atlanta Braves team that long ago ran away from the pack. Galvis' home run was his second game-ending shot this season.