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Phillies Decided On Friday to End Third Base Experiment For Utley

NOTE: News broke yesterday, but no one from the site was available to post it until this morning.

Phillies 2B Chase Utley. (Matt Slocum/AP)

After a month — since August 29 to be exact — of fielding ground balls at the hot corner and the discussion that followed, Phillies second baseman Chase Utley will not play third base in the final six games of the season for the Phillies.

The Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro and manager Charlie Manuel simply told Utley before Friday’s 2-1 loss to Miami that they were going to not pursue the idea of Utley at third base. They both felt that the six remaining games was not enough of a sample size to evaluate Utley at that position.

“I don’t know if it’s a matter whether or not he can do it,” Amaro said. “I think it’s more a matter of practicality and what’s really best for the team overall. While having that option would be helpful, I don’t know if it’s really an option that’s going to make us necessarily better.”

Amaro also added, “”In retrospect, it would be difficult to make a real assessment in six games, to watch this guy play and say, ‘OK, we know Chase Utley is going to be an average defender and better for our team.’ That’s a very difficult thing to be able to assess. None of us are good enough scouts to be able to do that.”

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Utley Ready to Play Third; Needs Two Things to Happen

Phillies second baseman Chase Utley made waves in the past few weeks with his new found interest in playing third base.

But before the Phillies plan to experiment with Utley’s interest in third base in a real-game scenario, two things need to occur.

First, Utley needs to go to Charlie Manuel and say that he is 100 percent confident in his abilities to field the ball and make the throw from third base, a big step from playing second base his entire Major League career.

Second, the Phillies will need to fall out of playoff contention.

The Phillies are currently four games out of the Wild Card with 15 games to play. St. Louis is four games ahead while Los Angeles, Milwaukee and Pittsburgh all lie in between.

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Utley Approached Amaro About Playing 3B; Polanco Weighs In

PHILADELPHIA — If Chase Utley couldn’t get any cooler…

The Phillies second baseman approached general manager Ruben Amaro today and brought up the idea of playing some third base. Utley wanted to take some grounders and try out a new position to create some flexibility.

“Chase is one of those guys, if he puts his mind to it… it’s worth exploring,” Amaro told reporters.

Amaro also said that Utley tried out third base while in the Minors but struggled with the throwing. Obviously times have changed and Utley’s arm has improved, Amaro added.

If this works, it would fill a huge hole for next season, and give Freddy Galvis somewhere to play. It’s also a contract year for Utley so it could potentially increase his value.

Jump it for an update!

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Galvis Reinstated; May Not Play With Phils This Season

The 50-game suspension has ended for Galvis, but his season may still be done.

Galvis, who was also sidelined with a fractured back, may not play baseball for the remainder of the season. Galvis has been instructed to not play in any game activity until September 3, and by then, he probably won’t be prepared for a return.

And because the Minor League system ends, the next baseball action Galvis sees could be in the fall instructional league in his home country of Venezuela. He figures to have a spot on the roster next year, likely as a back up middle infielder to spell both Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley.

On the season, he hit .226 with 15 doubles, three homers and 24 RBIs in 58 games this season.

Galvis lost $133,000 in salary this season from the suspension.

Singleton, d’Arnaud, Gose Among Amaro’s Mistakes

Former Phillies prospect Jonathan Singleton (Astros AA) is tagged out at second by Jean Segura (Angels AA) during the Futures Game on July 8. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Hindsight is and always will be 20/20 for the viewer.

A look back at four of the biggest trades Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro has made will raise two opinions: 1) Amaro pulled some seriously big names from Cleveland, Toronto and Houston; 2) Amaro also depleted the Phillies farm system so much that it ranks near the bottom of baseball currently.

Let’s cut to the point: Jonathan Singleton (23), Travis d’Arnaud (19) and Anthony Gose (38) rank in the top 50 in Baseball America’s prospect list. The Phillies have none on that list.

For a while it’s bothered me that those three names are very close to being every day Major Leaguers with the potential to be very good mainstays in the bigs. It wasn’t until Matt Gelb went to Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City to watch the Phillies past and future prospects play and wrote a fantastic piece this morning that I had to at least say something about it beyond an occasional tweet.

Let’s break down Gelb’s report.

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Update on Nix, Stutes, & Herndon

UPDATE — Herndon underwent Tommy John surgery today.

ORGINAL — Keeping with the trend of bad news, the Phillies received more of it today in addition to the Galvis news.

Laynce Nix, who is suffering from a strained left calf, said he felt a pull in his calf when he was running the bases on Tuesday. The outfielder had been playing in simulated games in an attempt to return to the team. Ruben Amaro Jr. announced that Nix would undergo an MRI if see if there is any damage.

Reliever Michael Stutes visited with orothopedist Lewis Yocum on Monday. Yocum and Phillies trainer Michael Ciccoti will meet to discuss the next step for Stutes. He is currently recovering from right shoulder inflammation

Reliever David Herndon visited with renowned orothopedist Dr. James Andrews on Monday. It is likely that Herndon will be shut down and will have to undergo Tommy John surgery. The Phillies haven’t received final word from Herndon if he went ahead with the surgery.

Galvis Suspended 50 Games for PEDs

Freddy Galvis has been suspended 50 games for PEDs.

Galvis tested positive for a metabolite of Clostebol, a performance-enhancing substance.

In a statement by Galvis: “A trace amount of a banned substance – 80 parts in a trillion – was detected in my urine sample.”

The suspension begins immediately for Galvis, who is on the DL with a back fracture.

Galvis’ full statement [via Phillies Nation]:

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Injury Update: Galvis In A Brace For Three Weeks

Phillies 2B Freddy Galvis. (Photo by Brian Garfinkel/Getty Images)

The final word is in for Freddy Galvis, and of course, it isn’t good news.

The rookie second baseman will be in a back brace for the next three weeks, being diagnosed with a pars fracture in his lower back.

“We’re going to reexamine him and see where we’re at,” Phillies head athletic trainer Scott Sheridan said earlier today. “Based on his symptoms and that kind of stuff, we might be able to begin some stuff with him exericise-wise, but we really won’t know a lot more until we get to that time period. The biggest thing right now is just trying to get him comfortable, make him feel better and try to get this thing to heal.”

Sheridan also said that it’s too early to see if Galvis’ season is in jeopardy or not. But for now, it’s a process.

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Galvis Could Miss Significant Time

The Phillies win last night was dampened by some more rough news on the injury front.

Rookie second baseman Freddy Galvis, who went on the DL with a back strain a couple days ago, has been diagnosed with a pars fracture in his back.

The fracture is potentially serious and could keep Galvis out of the Phillies lineup for an extended period of time this season. In fact, Galvis could land himself in a back brace for the next six weeks.

Other players who have missed time with a similar injury last season include David Wright (67 days) and Clay Buchholz (103 days).

Galvis is hitting .226 with three home runs, 24 RBIs and a team-high 15 doubles.

Galvis is Latest Phillie to Land on DL

The injury bug bites again.

Second baseman Freddy Galvis injured his back swinging during last night’s 6-5 loss to the Dodgers, landing him on the DL with lower back soreness. The Phillies called up Michael Martinez to take his place on the roster, with Mike Fontenot likely starting the majority of the games at second.

This blow is huge to the Phillies offensively and defensively. Galvis has been a wizard in the field at second base as well as leading the team with 15 doubles and fifth with 24 RBIs.

“It’s another one of our guys going down,” Manuel said. “What more can I say?

Today’s lineup at 1 PM vs the Dodgers and Aaron Harang: Rollins SS, Pierre LF, Pence RF, Wigginton 3B, Victorino CF, Fontenot 2B, Mayberry 1B, Schneider C, Hamels P.

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