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Freddy Galvis’ back injury sounds pretty serious

Jun 9, 2012, 10:01 AM EDT

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Freddy Galvis was placed on the disabled list two days ago with what was termed as a lower back strain, but it turns out his injury is more serious than the vague description would have you believe.

Phillies assistant general manager Scott Proefrock told Jim Salisbury of that Galvis may have a Pars fracture in his lower back. The 22-year-old infielder suffered the injury on a swing Wednesday night, but it could have stemmed from an earlier injury in winter ball.

“It’s serious,” Proefrock said. “It could keep him out for a considerable amount of time.”

Galvis is scheduled to go for a second opinion next week. However, if the initial diagnosis is confirmed, he could miss up to two months. The injury would be treated with rest and a back brace.

Given the unenviable task of filling in for Chase Utley at second base, Galvis is hitting .226/.254/.363 with three homers, 24 RBI and a .617 OPS across 200 plate appearances this season. While the rookie has predictably struggled with the bat, he has shown that he is quite capable defensively. Now Mike Fontenot figures to get most of the looks at second base until Utley is ready to return.

  1. illuminatemyfate - Jun 9, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    Freddie was playing gold glove second base which is remarkable considering he’s never played the position before. he has also come up with a number of big hits for this team. he was one of the only positive things going for the Phillies this season… ugh

  2. ncphilliesguy - Jun 9, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    They should give MiniMart a shot at second. You know what you have with Fontenot.

  3. illuminatemyfate - Jun 9, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    is rather see cliff lee at second than mini mart. at least lee would have a shot of getting a hit

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