More bad news for Philadelphia Phillies fans: Rookie second baseman Freddy Galvis has been suspended for 50 games for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. Galvis – who is currently on the disabled list as he heals from a broken back – tested positive for a metabolite of Clostebol.
“A trace amount of a banned substance – 80 parts in a trillion – was detected in my urine sample,” Galvis said in a statement. “I am extremely disappointed in what has transpired. I cannot understand how even this tiny particle of a banned substance got into my body. I have not and never would knowingly use anything illegal to enhance my performance. I have always tried to follow the team’s strength and conditioning methods, listen to the trainers, work out hard and eat right. Unfortunately, the rules are the rules and I will be suspended.”
Galvis had been filling in at second base for Chase Utley this season and he was hitting .226 in 58 games with 15 doubles, three home runs, and 24 RBIs, in addition to his flawless defense, which made him a league Rookie of the Year candidate. 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.