Philadelphia Phillies Place Second Baseman Freddy Galvis on Disabled List
Galvis wasn’t even expected to play at the major league level this season but when five-time All-Star second baseman Chase Utley suffered another bout of patellar tendinitis this spring training – in both knees no less – Galvis became the new starter at second base. He’s adequate with the bat, as he’s hitting just .228 with a .363 slugging percentage, although his 15 doubles do put him tenth-best in the league.
Galvis has been incredible durable and versatile though, as he’s leading the National League with 58 games played. Galvis can play second base and shortstop remarkably well, and he’s third at second base with a .996 fielding percentage. He also ranks fifth in range factor at his position and third in defensive WAR, proving his overall value to the team. And he’s just a 22-year old kid who will surely see an increase in his batting average as he gets accustomed to major league breaking balls.
Galvis made a highlight reel catch of a shallow pop up in right field last night, but later injured his back on a swing. The Phillies will likely call up veteran infielder Pete Orr, who had just been sent down to Triple-A Lehigh Valley when Jim Thome returned off the disabled list. Orr is hitting .286 with a .429 slugging percentager for the season in 45 plate appearances.
As for who will play second base with Galvis on the DL, your guess is as good as mine. Mike Fontenot is the best bet, although I highly doubt he can maintain his near-.400 batting average. Orr will likely get some starts too, which really isn’t an ideal situation for a Phillies team competing for the NL East title.