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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.

Oswalt to the DL

[UPDATE] Roy Oswalt was put on the 15-day DL. Scott Mathieson was called up.

[ORIGINAL POST] Roy Oswalt’s bull pen session did not go well yesterday according to the Phils.

Still feeling soreness in his back, Oswalt will not pitch in Saturday’s game against the Braves. In his place, Kyle Kendrick will make his first start of the season.

There is also a chance Oswalt could land on the DL, extending Vance Worley’s stint with the Phillies. But Rich Dubee also said Oswalt could be back as early as Friday. He said Oswalt’s back is just “cranky” because he had been away from baseball for over a week.

In Braves news, they will call up rookie Julio Teheran to pitch against Kendrick on Saturday. This will bump Jair Jurrjens start to Sunday.

Chased: Oswalt gets bounced in Phils loss

One streak ended tonight while another hopefully isn’t starting.

The Phils finally topped the four-run mark but lost their second straight on Tuesday night in Arizona.

Roy Oswalt got roughed up in the 7-5 loss to the D’Backs, making it through three innings before being lifted for Kyle Kendrick. Charlie Manuel didn’t say Oswalt left due to back issues but Oswalt had left before talking to reporters said Matt Gelb on Twitter.

Oswalt allowed five runs on six hits and a walk through three. He failed to strike anyone out. Much like his last start in San Diego, Oswalt’s velocity and movement in his fastball were down, forcing him to go deep in counts and not get Arizona to swing at bad pitches.

Arizona third baseman Ryan Roberts drove in a pair of runs and had a two-hit game. Pitcher Daniel Hudson had a two-run double to go with his quality start of three runs on 10 hits in six innings.

The Phillies trailed four heading into the ninth but cut the lead in half with a two-out, two-run home run by struggling outfielder Ben Francisco.

Ryan Howard had a three-hit day with a double and RBI. Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino and Francisco also had two-hit games apiece.

Victorino led off the game with a triple and was driven in by Placido Polanco. But Arizona’s three-run 2nd gave them the lead and they never looked back.

Raul Ibanez went 0-for-4, extending his hitless streak to 25 at-bats and dropping his batting average to .171. He did walk, his first time on base since April 21.

After sweeping the lowly Padres in four games, the Phillies will turn to Joe Blanton tomorrow to avoid a sweep of an equally pathetic team in Arizona.

2B: Howard (7). 3B: Victorino (2). HR: Francisco (4).

WP: Hudson (1-4). LP: Oswalt (3-1).