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.
The important question that Sheridan also answered was whether or not this injury could affect Galvis’ future. Thankfully, it shouldn’t.
“I don’t think so. I think it probably changes the way he approaches things going forward,” Sheridan said.
On the season, Galvis still has the team lead in doubles with 15. He was hitting .224 with three homers and 24 RBIs, and got on base .254 percent of the time, a very awful number.
But it’s Galvis’ slick fielding the Phillies are going to sorely miss, especially when Chase Utley returns and will need a break.
Thankfully for the Phillies, they at least have been getting solid production from Mike Fontenot as well as the return of Michael Martinez. But it isn’t a guarantee how long getting decent baseball out of those two could last.