Galvis starts at second base

Phillies' Freddy Galvis catches a third-inning ground ball. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Freddy Galvis wanted the extra work in practice at second and third base now that the Phillies have locked up Jimmy Rollins at shortstop for four more years.

The Phillies will take it one step further: Galvis is starting at second base in Saturday's Grapefruit League game against Baltimore.

The 22-year-old Venezuelan played four innings at second two days ago and fielded one grounder. But he didn't have a chance to turn a double play, something first-base coach and infield coordinator Sam Perlozzo wanted to see.

But Perlozzo is sold on Galvis.

"He can play anywhere," Perlozzo said Friday.

Galvis is a definite long shot to make the club this April, but he has certainly raised his stock with the major-league staff. The minor-league officials have long been raving about his ability.

General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Galvis would be in the mix for the utility infielder job when he traded Wilson Valdez. But the Phillies would probably prefer Galvis see regular playing time at triple-A Lehigh Valley to nudge his development offensively.

Still, he's getting a solid look in spring.

"We just want to see if he can handle those positions," Amaro said. "We know he can play short. We'll flip him around a bit. He's been fine."

Galvis is 5 for 14 (.357) with two doubles, two runs scored and three RBIs in Grapefruit League play.

The full lineup:

1. Jimmy Rollins 6
2. Placido Polanco 5
3. Shane Victorino 8
4. Jim Thome 0
5. Hunter Pence 9
6. Ty Wigginton 3
7. John Mayberry Jr. 7
8. Freddy Galvis 4
9. Tuffy Gosewisch 2

Starting is Joe Blanton. He'll be relieved by Scott Elarton, a guy you can't help but root for after reading this Bob Brookover story. Those are the only two pitchers scheduled, so some of the younger arms will have a chance to see late-inning action. Bet on Jake Diekman grabbing one of those innings.

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