Suspension over, Galvis recovering from back injury

Suspension over, Galvis recovering from back injury

Suspension over, Galvis recovering from back injury
PHILADELPHIA -- Freddy Galvis, recently reinstated from his suspension but still recovering from a back injury, has resumed running, taking ground balls and hitting.

The injury sent the rookie infielder to the disabled list on June 6. Two weeks later, he was suspended for 50 games for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance. The suspension ended last week, but Galvis remains on the DL.

At Citizens Bank Park on Thursday afternoon, taking part in the team photo, Galvis talked to reporters for the first time since his injury. He spoke on the condition that reporters not ask questions about his suspension.

Galvis, who has been rehabbing in Clearwater, Fla. -- and also spent a couple of weeks back home in Venezuela -- said he feels much better. He recently was able to shed the back brace he had to wear for six weeks.

Galvis said he thinks the plan is for him to get some at-bats in instructional league next month. He will then play winter ball in Venezuela.

With Chase Utley out of the lineup early in the season, Galvis was the Phillies' second baseman until his injury. He hit .226 with 15 doubles, three home runs and 24 RBIs. But where the 22-year-old really impressed was defensively. Although primarily a shortstop, he looked like he had been playing second base for years.

With the starting middle-infield jobs occupied, Galvis could figure in the Phillies' 2013 plans as a utility infielder.

Manager Charlie Manuel offered high praise of Galvis for his fundamentals and knowledge of the game.

"If we send Freddy Galvis back to the Minor Leagues [next year], I think we'd have an awful strong team," Manuel said. "That's what I think. We'd be real strong if we send him back. Freddy Galvis is the best baseball player, as far as knowledge and assignment on the field, that I've seen in a long time.

I know people talk about [Mike] Trout, [Bryce] Harper and stuff like that. Freddy Galvis has more natural instincts and more knowledge, carry out an assignment, where to go, and fundamentally play the game than any kid I've seen in a long time."