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  • With Utley's Chronic Knees, Galvis Likely To Open Season Starting at 2B

    It's a good thing that the Phillies re-signed SS Jimmy Rollins to a three year deal (with an option for the 4th year , 2015). He is the only healthy regular infielder at the Phillies Spring Training camp these days. Ryan Howard will miss the early part of the season, still recovering from the leg injury he suffered on the final play of the Phillies 2011 season. Placido Polanco health varies from day to day. He missed about 25 games due to injuries last year and his problems persist. He also was hit by a pitch, injuring a finger during an exhibition game this Spring.
    Now it appears that Chase Utley, who had'nt played a single game this spring, but hoped to debut this week has suffered a serious setback. Unless the Phillies make a trade to acquire someone from outside the organization in the final two weeks of Spring Training it appears that Freddy Galvis will be the Opening Day second baseman (making his major legues debut). Galvis had sought to improve his versatility this Spring and played some second base and third base this Spring in addition to working at shortstop, his normal position. It's a good thing that he had been filling in for Utley quite a bit this Spring. Now it APPEARS AS IF HE HAS WON THE POSITION FOR THE EARLY GOING THIS SEASON BY DEFAULT. Galvis was an outsanding shortstop prospect, highly regarded as the best defensive infielder in the Phillies farm system and was named the Phillies Minor League (Position) Player of the year in 2011. However, Galvis spent about three-quarters of the year with AA Reading, Eastern League. Promoted to AAA Lehigh Valley around August 1, his month and a half there (including the International League playoffs) is his only experience above the AA level. Will General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. ultimately decide that Galvis' experience is insuficient for someone to open the season as his starting 2B and seek to acquire a more experienced player? We will soon find out.

    -Dennis Orlandini - (philliesfiend55)-
    Last edited by philliesfiend55; 03-21-2012, 06:12 AM.

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    Michael Martinez is now hurt:
    http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/20...ng-like-flies/
    The Mets have the best, smartest fans in baseball.

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    • #3
      I think they will/should go with Galvis. I wish Utley would play first when he comes back like he did when Howard was out a few years ago. With weekly interleague play I suppose he could sometimes and have Thome DH.
      "No matter how great you were once upon a time — the years go by, and men forget,” - W. A. Phelon in Baseball Magazine in 1915. “Ross Barnes, forty years ago, was as great as Cobb or Wagner ever dared to be. Had scores been kept then as now, he would have seemed incomparably marvelous.”

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      • #4
        Originally posted by bluesky5 View Post
        I think they will/should go with Galvis. I wish Utley would play first when he comes back like he did when Howard was out a few years ago. With weekly interleague play I suppose he could sometimes and have Thome DH.
        Perhaps the Phillies should have held onto Wilson Valdez.
        The Mets have the best, smartest fans in baseball.

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        • #5
          Injuries Have Phils Scuffling/ The Numbers Game

          Originally posted by Blue387 View Post
          Perhaps the Phillies should have held onto Wilson Valdez.
          Hindsight is always 20/20 but several commentators had expressed the opinion that the Phillies acted rashly in getting rid of Valdez, long before Martinez' injury. They traded him to Cincinnati for pitcher Jeremy Horst, who has just 60 days' major league experience, and Horst failed to make the club. He will start the year in AAA, being was one of this week's cuts.

          With Martinez out with a broken foot, it looks like a final roster spot for reserve infielder will come down to Hector Luna or Pete Orr. Luna has had a very hot bat this Spring although the organization might feel more comfortable with Orr since he made their 2011 Opening Day roster and played most of last year as a Phillie.

          Probably the team's hottest hitter this spring, reserve outfielder candidate Luis Montanez, also will probably not make the team. He's been impressive hitting for both power and average, but there are only so many roster spots available. As they say, "It's a numbers game".
          Last edited by philliesfiend55; 03-21-2012, 06:14 AM.

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          • #6
            Mike Martinez really isn't that big a loss. He is a clog in somebody's way doesn't matter who that player is. Martinez was a 29 year old rookie and batted .198. He can be on the permanent DL for all I care.
            "No matter how great you were once upon a time — the years go by, and men forget,” - W. A. Phelon in Baseball Magazine in 1915. “Ross Barnes, forty years ago, was as great as Cobb or Wagner ever dared to be. Had scores been kept then as now, he would have seemed incomparably marvelous.”

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            • #7
              Even with his switching positions the Phillies don't think Freddy Galvis will have problems defensively at second base. Whether they make a move now, or a move one week into the regular season, or no move at all, it's all going to depend on how well Galvis hits major league pitching.

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              • #8
                I think it will be tough for them to win. The NL east improved a lot and now is the strongest nl division. The Phillies still have the best pitching but their best two hitters are out and the team is aging.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by dominik View Post
                  I think it will be tough for them to win. The NL east improved a lot and now is the strongest nl division. The Phillies still have the best pitching but their best two hitters are out and the team is aging.
                  The Marlins look like they could be a juggernaut. I expect a fast start for the first month and a half from the Marlins, the Phils will steadily keep 3-6 games back then things will even out and we'll be neck and neck going into August. I think it is going to be a close race.
                  "No matter how great you were once upon a time — the years go by, and men forget,” - W. A. Phelon in Baseball Magazine in 1915. “Ross Barnes, forty years ago, was as great as Cobb or Wagner ever dared to be. Had scores been kept then as now, he would have seemed incomparably marvelous.”

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