The Philadelphia Phillies can add another starter to their injury list, as Freddy Galvis will likely be out for up to two months. Galvis reportedly has a Pars fracture in his spine, which is a small crack in the spine. Galvis has been playing second base regularly this season with Chase Utley not having seen the field yet because of patellar tendinitis in both of his knees.
Galvis is 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.
The break in the back though is awful news for a Phillies team that has already been without Ryan Howard and Utley for the entire season, plus Roy Halladay for at least the next month. The Phillies (28-31) are six games back of the Washington Nationals in the NL East, and in last place.