Freddy Galvis injury leaves hole at second base

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Second baseman Freddy Galvis is going on the 15-day disabled list with "lower back soreness." (Michael Bryant/Staff Photographer)

Freddy Galvis had dressed and left Citizens Bank Park before reporters entered the Phillies clubhouse with a back injury serious enough to not even require a day of testing or rest before making a roster move.

He is disabled for at least 15 days with what is currently termed as "lower back soreness," but the extent of the injury is unknown. The rookie hurt himself on a swing in the fifth inning. He attempted to stay in the game, and even fouled off two more pitches, before removing himself.

The frustration was evident when he tossed his bat down the dugout tunnel.

"That's the first I heard of it," Charlie Manuel said after a 6-5 loss to Los Angeles. "It just happened. I don't know where it happened, but it happened."

What sort of blow is it?

"It's another one of our guys going down," Manuel said. "What more can I say?"

Without Galvis, Mike Fontenot likely becomes the starting second baseman. He was released before the start of the season by San Francisco and signed to a minor-league deal by the Phillies.

Fontenot is hitting .360 with one extra-base hit in 25 at-bats this season.

Obviously, the Phillies will miss Galvis' defense. He made another spectacular running catch in short right field Wednesday. But he's made almost all of the routine plays, and many more that aren't.

There will be a corresponding roster move made Thursday morning. Expect either Pete Orr or Michael Martinez to be recalled. Orr was demoted Wednesday but can return because he would be replacing a DLed player.


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