Miami Marlins catcher Miguel Olivo, top, attends Philadelphia
Phillies' Freddy Galvis after Galvis was hit by a pitch during the
eighth inning of a baseball game in Miami, Sunday, April 14, 2013.
Galvis was able to continue playing. The Phillies won 2-1. (AP
MIAMI — A clubhouse attendant stuck out his right hand and Freddy Galvis shook it. He fist-bumped another with his right hand. Less than hour before, an 89 m.p.h. Jon Rauch fastball struck his right knuckle.
"It's good," Galvis said.
The Phillies were pleased with that because Galvis contributed about as productive a two days as possible. After much inactivity, he made his first starts Saturday and Sunday. He reached base five times in eight plate appearances.
"He's probably thinking why haven't I played him more?" Charlie Manuel said.
The manager laughed. It is difficult to find regular time for Galvis because Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins and Michael Young have all produced early in the season. Galvis started at third for an ill Young on Saturday. He provided a day of rest for Rollins at shortstop on Sunday.
Rollins did not sit until the 19th game in 2012. He started 152 games in 2012. He flied out in a pinch-hit appearance Sunday.
This is a new role for Galvis, always an everyday player in the minors and majors. The argument for keeping Galvis, 23, in the minors was regular playing time. Even if there are fewer at-bats in the majors, there is a spot for him. The last two days showed that.
He admitted it being a challenge to adapt.
"Yeah, a little bit," Galvis said. "But you have to be ready. That's what they told me. That's what Charlie told me. Sometimes it'll be late in the game, sometimes you'll be starting. So I just try to stay ready with my regular swinging and workouts."
It may require creative solutions to keep Galvis active.
"I'll get him in," Manuel said. "Don't worry about it."
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