The Philadelphia Phillies have placed infielder Freddy Galvis on their 15-day disabled list with a lower back strain. To replace Galvis on their roster, the Phillies have recalled infielder/outfielder Michael Martinez from Triple-A.
Infielder Freddy Galvis placed on 15-day DL with lower back strain. Infielder/outfielder Michael Martinez recalled from AAA Lehigh Valley.— Phillies (@philaphillies) June 7, 2012
Galvis sustained the injury while taking a swing in the fifth inning of last night’s contest against the Los Angeles Dodgers. After fouling a pitch off, Galvis stepped out of the batter’s boxed wincing in pain and favoring his back. Galvis remained in the game but removed himself from the contest following a swing later in the at-bat.
Galvis made his major league debut this season, taking over as the Phillies regular second baseman in place of injured veteran, Chase Utley. Galvis has held his own at second this season, as the 22-year-old has rated above-average defensively according to Fan Graphs. Galvis has struggled at the plate, as he’s hit at a clip of .226/.254/.363 with 19 extra-base hits and 24 RBIs.
The Phillies recalled Michael Martinez to replace Galvis on their roster. Martinez appeared in 88 games for the Phillies last season while acting as a super-utility player.
Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports veteran infielder Mike Fontenot is the leading candidate to see increased playing time at second with Galvis’ injury. Fontenot, who was signed by Philadelphia in April, has hit .360/.367/.400 over his 25 at-bats since joining the Phillies.