Freddy Galvis is in a brace and will remain so for the next 3 weeks.
The rookie second baseman saw a specialist in New York on Tuesday and the diagnosis was in unison with the Phillies' -- Galvis has a Pars fracture on the right side of his back. He is out indefinitely.
"We really won’t know a lot more until we get to that (three week) time
period," Phillies head team athletic trainer Scott Sheridan said Wednesday. "The biggest thing right now is to try to get him to feel better, to get
home comfortable, try to get this thing to heal."
Could he be lost for the season?
"I don’t know yet," Sheridan said "We’ll get
to 3 weeks and we’ll see where it’s at. A lot depends on how he responds to the
Galvis will be immobilized for those three weeks. He'll wear the brace every day, all day; Sheridan said the only time he won't wear it is when he showers.
"If you had a fracture in
your arm, you’d be put in a cast and you’d leave it and wouldn’t do anything
with it," Sheridan said.
Since Galvis would have to begin a lengthy rehab after the three week period even if he is feeling better, he isn't likely to be back for a while.
Other Phillies injury notes:
--2B Chase Utley went 0-for-5 as the DH in the first game of his official rehab assignment at Class A Clearwater on Tuesday. He will play again tonight, again as the Threshers' DH.
"I think the fact he just
played and he got 5 at-bats, that’s a good sign, that he can play in a game now," manager Charlie Manuel said.
Update: Utley grounded out in his first at-bat in Clearwater tonight, knocking in a run in the process to put the Threshers in front 1-0.
-- RHPs Mike Stutes and David Herndon still haven't began throwing in Clearwater. They were shut down last month; both went on the disabled list in late April.
Assistant GM Scott Proefrock said both are scheduled to be examined by team doctor Mike Ciccotti next week.
--1B Ryan Howard has continued to play in simulated games in Clearwater. But he has not began running in game situations yet.
--OF/1B Laynce Nix could begin a rehab assignment within the next week, Proefrock said.