MIAMI — Charlie Manuel wants to play Freddy Galvis. But then he scans his lineup and sees an infield producing. There is no room for Galvis, a career .223 hitter.
"That's hard," Manuel said. "I still have to find him some playing time somehow."
A chance happened by accident Saturday. Third baseman Michael Young was sick. Enter Galvis.
Young can pinch-hit if need be, Manuel said.
"He's under the weather," Manuel said. "He's going to be OK. He's not feeling well."
The Phillies want Galvis, 23, to play so his development is not stunted. Galvis is 0 for 3, all in pinch-hit appearances, this season. This will be his first-ever action at third base in a regular-season game. It makes him the 27th different Phillie to start at third since Scott Rolen departed in 2002.
His last start in the majors was June 6, 2012. That was the night Galvis' fractured back became too painful to play through.
Galvis' start leaves Kevin Frandsen as the lone player on the roster yet to start a game this season.
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