Sunday, December 28, 2014

Who's in left? Freddy Galvis

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Freddy Galvis said he cannot play a musical instrument.

Who's in left? Freddy Galvis

Freddy Galvis in action during a spring training exhibition baseball game against the Minnesota Twins, Thursday, March 7, 2013, in Clearwater, Fla. (Matt Slocum/AP file)
Freddy Galvis in action during a spring training exhibition baseball game against the Minnesota Twins, Thursday, March 7, 2013, in Clearwater, Fla. (Matt Slocum/AP file)

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Freddy Galvis said he cannot play a musical instrument.

Apparently that’s the only thing the 23-year-old Venezuelan cannot play.

After playing right field Saturday during the Phillies’ game against the Baltimore Orioles, Galvis will play left field Tuesday against the Tampa Bay Rays at Bright House Field.

“It’s been good so far,” Galvis said. “I practiced there for three days and it’s not too much different.”

Galvis came up through the Phillies’ system as a shortstop, but moved to second base last season when Chase Utley’s knee problems prevented him from starting the season. Galvis played second base at an elite level, making just one error in 244 chances.

This season, Galvis figures to open the season as a super utility player. Manager Charlie Manuel said he hopes to get Galvis at least 300 at-bats by playing him at second base, shortstop and third base. And now it appears as if he will also be in the mix as an outfielder.

Galvis always shags fly balls during batting practice, but he admitted playing the outfield in a game is a little bit different.

“In a game situation, sometimes when a guy hits the ball right straight at you, sometimes you have to move back and sometimes move in, so I think that’s going to be the hard part right now,” he said.

Galvis said he has had to borrow a glove from minor-league prospect Carlos Tocci to play the outfield.

There was some question as to whether Galvis would make the big-league roster because of the presence of Yuniesky Betancourt in camp. The Phillies, however, released Betancourt Sunday, all but assuring Galvis a roster spot.

“It looks like that,” he said. “They haven’t told me anything yet, but it looks like that. I’m going to keep working and see what happens.”

Galvis said he’s enjoying his roving role.

“I love baseball, that’s what I have to say,” Galvis said. “Where they put me I’m going to try to do the job.”

He said the one position he has never played is catcher except in a video format.

“PlayStation,” he said.

The lineup

The Phillies' lineup Tuesday vs. RHP Roberto Hernandez: Ben Revere, CF, Jimmy Rollins, SS, Chase Utley, 2B, Ryan Howard, 1B, Dom Brown, RF, Kevin Frandsen, DH, Pete Orr, 3B, Freddy Galvis, LF, Humberto Quintero, C.

LHP Raul Valdes will be the starting pitcher and Ryne Sandberg will manager in place of Charlie Manuel, who is having dental work performed.



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