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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.

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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.

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.

Game 23: Breaking Even

Phillies RF Hunter Pence takes a terrible swing against the Cubs on April 29, 2012. (Photo by John Russo/TTB)

The Phillies (10-12) will attempt to even up the series with the Cubs (8-14) tonight, capping off a four-game set.

After dropping the first game on Friday, 5-1, they bounced back with a nice offensive showing in a 5-2 win. But the bats went ice cold again, mustering only two hits in a 5-1 loss yesterday afternoon.

It’ll be up to the offense to back Vance Worley (2-1, 2.16) as the Phillies try earn a split against the lowly Cubs and retry their assent over .500, something they haven’t seen since being 2-1 to start the season.

In his last start, an 8-5 win over the Diamondbacks, Worley went six innings, allowing a run on five hits and a walk, striking out six. He has been very good to start the season, which saw a career high 11 strikeouts in a win against the Padres the previous start.

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Phils Baffled By Knuckler Again

Mets starter R.A. Dickey foils the Phils with his knuckleball. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The amazing story of R.A. Dickey is definitely one worth reading (shameless Dickey autobiography plug).

That story, circa 2012, makes its first trip to Philadelphia of the season and he made his presence known with that flutter ball of his. Dickey used his knuckleball effectively through seven innings, shutting down the Phillies in the Mets 5-2 win.

Dickey’s only mistake came against Freddy Galvis, who hit his first career home run in the 3rd inning. Other than that, Dickey cruised through seven allowing nine hits and a walk while striking out seven.

Dickey got all the offense he needed in the 1st inning, and it came at the expense of Cliff Lee.

Leading off the game with back-to-back doubles was Ruben Tejada and Daniel Murphy, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead. With Murphy on second, Jason Bay crushed a ball to right center to make it 3-0 in favor of the Mets.

Lee’s night was done after seven, allowing four runs on five hits while striking out seven.

2B: Rollins (1). HR: Galvis (1).

WP: Dickey (2-0). LP: Lee (0-1).


An Overwhelmed Galvis Still Adjusting

Phillies 2B Freddy Galvis hits a two-run double in the 7th inning on Monday. It was his first Major League hit. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

The sample size may be small but the immediate impression of Freddy Galvis has been big.

And not the good type of big either.

Galvis sure may be a slick fielder and that has been his biggest attracting point during Spring Training that allowed Ruben Amaro and Charlie Manuel to put all their eggs in his basket but he’s lacking in the one department that the Phillies need him the most.

The bat is not so slick. In fact, Galvis has only one hit, a two-run double in the Phillies 6-2 loss to Miami on Monday, through the first four games (13 at bats). That is a huge problem for a Phillies team that’s hitting .198 and has scored eight runs in 37 innings through the first four games.

Galvis was originally slated as a short stop prospect, the heir to Jimmy Rollins’ throne. But his reign at short was prolonged when Rollins signed the three-year deal he did in the off season.

Maybe the Phillies knew something. Maybe they knew that they couldn’t let Rollins go with the health of Chase Utley and Ryan Howard up in the air, leaving even more pressure on Galvis, who hadn’t played a Major League game prior to this season.

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Infante Homers Twice As New-Look Fish Beat Phils

A frustrated Hunter Pence takes his helmet off after popping out to end the 1st inning. (AP Photo/The News-Journal, Suchat Pederson)

No Giancarlo Stanton? No problem says Miami, who found their power source elsewhere Monday afternoon.

Spoiling the home opener for the Phillies, Miami went into Philadelphia without their most dangerous hitter against one of the division’s premier aces and dominated.

It was Omar Infante who was the unlikely power source in the Marlins 6-2 win.

Infante hit two solo home runs off starter Cole Hamels and reliever Joe Savery, his second and third dingers of the season. Austin Kearns, who was playing in place of Stanton, also homered late in the game off Jonathan Papelbon, who was pitching in relief to get some work in.

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