Cover Your Eyes
Freddy Galvis has no reason to hang his head. He has played brilliant defense, and is hitting .214 with four doubles, one home run and five RBIs through 17 games. Those five extra-base hits are tied with Carlos Ruiz for the team lead. Not bad for a guy that had just 121 at-bats above Double-A Reading before this season.
It’s the rest of the offense that has played terribly.
That is why the Phillies clung to the five runs they scored in the ninth inning in last night’s 9-5 loss to the Diamondbacks.
Charlie Manuel called it a morale booster.
Chase Utley would not offer a timetable for his return, but I would not be surprised if he is back before June 1. He returned to action on May 23 last season, and Utley sure seemed pleased with his progress when we talked to him yesterday. We asked Charlie Manuel if Utley could play some first base upon his return, especially if Ryan Howard is still on the DL. Manuel would not rule out the possibility, but he did not say it was something he was considering, either.
I’m curious to see what happens when Utley and Howard return. Is there a chance Galvis could play third base, especially if Placido Polanco continues to struggle? Galvis has proven he can play shortstop and second base. He took some ground balls at third base this spring, but that’s quite an adjustment from shortstop and second. And I’m doubtful the Phillies would want Galvis learning a new position at the big-league level. I’m also not sure how Galvis’ arm would play there. The fact he is a natural shortstop would have me think he could make the throw, but you never know.
Something to think about.
The Phillies hit their first home run of the season with runners on base when Shane Victorino hit a three-run homer in the ninth. I would love to know the last time the Phillies went 17 games into a season without hitting anything more than a solo home run.
Jim Salisbury and I co-authored the book The Rotation, which is now available. Check it out here! Here are our upcoming book signings:
- April 26: Barnes & Noble in Marlton, NJ, 7 p.m.
- April 29: Citizens Bank Park, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
- May 10: Tredyfrrin Public Library in Stafford, PA, 7:30 p.m.
- June 2: Citizens Bank Park, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.