Galvis Putting Injury, Suspension In the Past

Freddy GalvisRuben Amaro Jr. said this weekend very few jobs are guaranteed on the Phillies’ 25-man roster.

I think the reality is most jobs are guaranteed, or very close to locks. He said there could be a competition for a fifth starter, but let’s call John Lannan the heavy, heavy favorite for that spot. I just don’t see him not making the rotation, unless there is an injury. I think it’s more realistic to say there are three openings in the bullpen, an opening or two in the outfield (depending on Delmon Young‘s health) and maybe an opening for a utility infield job, although Freddy Galvis and Kevin Frandsen are the early favorites for those two spots (Yuniesky Betancourt could make things interesting, however.)

Galvis is coming off an interesting season. He made his mark as a defensive whiz at second base, but also fractured his back and served a 50-game suspension for testing positive for a metabolite of Clostebol, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of MLB’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Galvis said in a statement at the time: “A trace amount of a banned substance – 80 parts in a trillion – was detected in my urine sample. I am extremely disappointed in what has transpired. I cannot understand how even this tiny particle of a banned substance got into my body. I have not and never would knowingly use anything illegal to enhance my performance. I have always tried to follow the team’s strength and conditioning methods, listen to the trainers, work out hard and eat right. Unfortunately, the rules are the rules and I will be suspended.”

Galvis reflected on the suspension yesterday.

“It was tough, man,” he said. “Sometimes you don’t do stuff and you pay for it. Like I said before, that’s life and you have to move on. Sometimes when you don’t do nothing and the blame you, that’s bad stuff, but they have rules and you have to follow the rules. But that’s in the past right now. Right now I’m focused on 2013.”

Galvis hit .226 with 15 doubles, one triple, three home runs, 24 RBIs and a .617 OPS in 200 plate appearances last season. He said he can succeed without PEDs, and is not concerned about proving anything to anybody.

“I don’t really care what people think about me,” he said. “I just care what I have to do here for the team and to win games. I’m not a guy who hits homers. I just try to put the ball in play, move the runner, bunt, sometimes hit in the game. That’s my game. I don’t try to hit homers. I try to play every day and prove to the team I can play baseball.”

Galvis is doing daily maintenance on his back, which he said he will have to do the remainder of his career. If he stays healthy, he seems like a strong bet to make the team because of his defensive abilities. This spring he should see time at shortstop (his natural position), second base and third base. He hasn’t played much third base before, but he thinks he can handle it.

“I think if you gave me a glove I think I could do it,” he said.

4 Comments

If you “gave him a glove”, he’d witn the golden glove for 3rd, or anywhere else you play him.

I’m not judging anyone who takes PEDS but when players need to take medication for their injuries, I hope they consult a list of these banned substances before it’s too late. That being said, I think everyone deserves a second chance.

Yesterday, a phan poster by the name of “buhbuh” posted a very good and detailed explanation of the substance that was found in Freddy’s test results. I wish Todd would reprint it on his blog somewhere. It explains how the substance is contained in certain vaginal creams that are used in many Latin American countries and can enter a person’s body through sexual contact and thereafter remain detectable for upto two weeks. If it’s true, then Freddy might just be “guilty” of pre-marital sex….

Also, it was apparently one of the early steroids used by the Russian back when their women looked like men. He stated that it has been passed by many more effective PEDs and that the amount needed to be effective would result in players growing “breasts”. Fascinating stuff.

Erich, this is interesting. Can you provide a link to this article?

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