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Galvis' anti-Ripken streak at nine games

Freddy Galvis' anti-Cal Ripken streak reached nine games Wednesday when Phillies manager Charlie Manuel once again filled out a lineup card without the 23-year-old shortstop's name in it.

Galvis' anti-Ripken streak at nine games

Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis reacts to striking out during a Spring Training game. He has yet to see the field this season. (Michael Bryant/<br />Staff Photographer)
Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis reacts to striking out during a Spring Training game. He has yet to see the field this season. (Michael Bryant/ Staff Photographer)

Freddy Galvis' anti-Cal Ripken streak reached nine games Wednesday when Phillies manager Charlie Manuel once again filled out a lineup card without the 23-year-old shortstop's name in it.

The Phillies were playing their ninth game of the season, which meant that Galvis had started none of them. Ruben Amaro Jr. admitted that it is a concern that needs to be addressed.

"Some time soon -- probably," the general manager said. "We kind of take it day by day."

Galvis has made two pinch-hitting appearances and is hitless in his two at-bats with a strikeout.

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Manuel certainly has not forgotten about Galvis and still believes the young infielder will benefit most by being on the big-league roster.

"We've played eight games (before Wednesday) and he hasn't been in the game yet, but I definitely think I can find him some playing time," Manuel said. "That right there shows that you're strong when you can do that."

Manuel's dilemma is that the three places Galvis is most likely to play are second base, shortstop and third base. The three players at those positions -- Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins and Michael Young -- have been among the Phillies' best hitters in the early going.

"If you don't play, you lose your edge, especially hitting and even sometimes on defense, too," Manuel said. "But when you have a stable team and you've got a set lineup, if that lineup is good and is helping you produce and helping you win, more than likely that's the lineup that is going to be on the field. To me, that's the best. (Galvis) will get to play, though. There will be spots where we can put him in there and use them."

Manuel said it's possible that Galvis gets into some games as an outfielder, but Amaro said that would not be the best use of the player's skills.

"That's not where his benefit is," Amaro said. "He benefits our team by being an outstanding middle infielder and third base."

At this point, Amaro has no regrets about Galvis' limited role.

"Playing time was important to us, but we wanted to break with our 25 best players and he was one of them," Amaro said. "We'll see how it goes."

The Phillies view Galvis as a future everyday player, so they do not want his skills to erode on the bench.

"You can do all the work you want to in a pregame and extra work and all that other business, but if you're not playing games, it's not helping you develop," Amaro said. "We'll figure it out."



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