This comes as a surprise as Galvis has done an outstanding job filling in for the oft-injured Chase Utley when he’s landed on the disabled list over the past few seasons. He has also filled in for Jimmy Rollins at times when he was given a day off.
Galvis may not have the bat power as some of the other players as he only has an average of .207, but he does have speed. He has four triples this season. He is also very aggressive out in the field as he is always seen making difficult plays and wowing the crowd.
The guy that is replacing him is 15 years older than him: McDonald is 38, Galvis is 23. He has 38 at-bats with only two hits. His average is .053. How is he going to help the Phillies?
The Phillies have already started getting older throughout the years, and the acquisition of McDonald does not help. The team has talked about rebuilding in the future. If they want to keep the team young, Galvis is the guy to keep around. They may want him to get everyday playing time in the minor leagues, but what happens if they need a valuable pinch-hitter or pinch-runner?
It will be interesting to see how this situation plays out and what McDonald brings to the table when he joins the team today. Freddy will be missed, and hopefully he re-joins the teams again soon.