Galvis Injures Wrist; Arizona Fall League Update

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, October 19, 2011 12:16 PM | Comments: 10
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According to Philly.com, Freddy Galvis was removed from the lineup of a Venezuelan League game on Tuesday with an injured wrist. The report comes from Gerardo Boscan of Mi Diario newspaper in Maracaibo, Venezuela, who tweeted that Galvis was removed from the lineup after feeling discomfort in his right wrist (throwing hand).

The 21-year-old Venezuelan-native began play last week for the the Aguilas de Zulia of the Venezuelan Winter League.

It’s going to be a very interesting winter for Galvis, depending on what happens with Jimmy Rollins and the contract negotiations between he and the Phillies. If Rollins stays, Galvis will get ample time to shore up his game in the minors and work his way into a top shortstop prospect for the future. If Rollins goes, Galvis may be looked at as a replacement in the nearer future.

No word on the extent of the injury in the reports, but a wrist injury can certainly be damning to a shortstop’s progress, both at the plate and in the field.  We’ll update once more information becomes available.


Through 8 games, outfielder Tyson Gillies has gone 5-for-21 (.238 avg) with no extra base hits, 7 walks and 1 stolen base. The Vancouver native, who turns 23-year-old at the end of this month, missed a great majority of the 2011 regular season with hamstring and foot injuries after playing just 28 games in 2010 due to his recurring hamstring problem. He is using this time in the Arizona Fall League as an opportunity to make up for some of the time missed since joining the Phillies organization in the 2009-2010 off-season as part of the return from Seattle for Cliff Lee.

In 3 starts, righty hurler Tyler Cloyd has gone 0-2. Cloyd, who posted a 9-4 record and a 2.77 ERA in 31 combined games with the Class A Advanced Clearwater Threshers and the Double-A Reading Phillies in 2011, looked good in his first two AFL outings. However, in his latest effort on Monday, the 24-year-old allowed 5 earned runs in 4 innings against Phoenix. One positive for Cloyd is that he has struck out 9 batters and walked just 2 in his 9 innings of action for the Scorpions.

Left-handed reliever Jake Diekman has thrown 4 1/3 scoreless innings in 4 appearances for Scottsdale. The 6-foot-4-inch 190-pounder took great strides this year, adding velocity to his fastball which now hits the 94-95 MPH range on a regular basis. In 53 outings for the Double-A Reading Phillies in 2011, Diekman posted a 0-1 record with 3 saves, a .199 batting average against and struck out 83 batters in 65 innings. If Diekman continues to progress, he could be a lefty worth considering for the big league bullpen next season.

Right-hander BJ Rosenberg, who flip-flopped this past season between reliever and starter at Double-A Reading, has allowed an earned run in 2 relief innings thus far for Scottsdale. The once well-regarded relief prospect is now 26-years-old and doesn’t seem to have a high ceiling any longer, as he posted a 5-7 record with 2 saves and a 4.28 ERA in 39 games (14 starts) during the 2011 regular season.

First baseman Darin Ruf has had a slow start in the AFL, going just 2-for-18 (.111 avg) with a homerun and 2 RBI. The 25-year-old Ruf, a 20th round draft selection in 2009, had a solid season for the Class A Advanced Clearwater Threshers, posting a .308 batting average with 17 homeruns and 82 RBI.

Cody Overbeck, who converted to a first baseman from third base this past season, is doing very well in the Arizona Fall League. Through 8 games the 25-year-old has gone 8-for-25 (.320 avg) with a double and a triple. Overbeck has hit 24 homeruns in each of his past two minor league seasons and could be an option to fill a roster spot with the Phillies early next season, as All-Star first baseman Ryan Howard is expected to miss time while he recovers from left Achilles tendon surgery.

And lastly, righty pitcher Colby Shreve has allowed 3 earned runs in 3 2/3 innings pitched for Scottsdale. The 6th round draft choice from 2008 posted a 2.87 ERA in 40 combined games for Class-A Lakewood and High-A Clearwater this year. The 23-year-old Nevada native stands a very good chance at reaching Double-A Reading in 2012.

Minor League Contributor Jay Floyd helped with the information in this post. Check him out at PhoulBallz.com

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  • Posts: 30 Gavin

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    Just awesome…
    Great about Cody though

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Why do the Iron Pigs wear RED spikes? it looks stupid, bro

  • Posts: 5449 Lefty

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    Jay, Can you tell us how Galvis was doing before the injury?

  • Posts: 556 Bruce

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    Well..playing in the Venezuelan League is not exactly a barometer on a player’s progress especially for Galvis who is a longshot at best in playing at the Major League level next season. Of course, I do wish the young player a speedy recovery and not delay his learning experience in the minors. Besides, I do think the Phillies management wants Rollins, the clubhouse leader and on the field, back in a big way and will make every effort to do so.

    I like to change the topic for a moment to add that I’m looking forward to a most interesting World Series starting tonight. This Series should provide a compelling interest even to a casual fan of baseball. It has everything going for it.; the high drama of a defending AL Champ vs an underdog Wild Card that is riding on the wave of momentum. Two teams that are offensive minded with a decent rotation of starters and outstanding bullpen. And need I say a future Hall of Famer who may be giving a farewell performance for his team. Plus the good luck charm of the Rally Squirrel (chuckles).

    Personally, the key to the Series may be decided in the bullpen, where both teams have been beyond outstanding in the postseason. I don’t know if anyone here (including the writers) has mentioned this..that in the ALCS, Texas became just the second team in the major league history (the ’97 Indians were the first) to win a seven game postseason series without one win from a starting pitcher. The Rangers’ relievers pitched 271/3 and a E.R.A.. of 1.32.

    The Cardinals’ bullpen was equally impressive with 281/3 innings and a E.R.A. of 1.88. Being a lifetime fan of the Phillies playing in N.L., I will be rooting for the N.L. Champions, to win the Series in SIX games and celebration on the field of Busch Stadium.

    • Posts: 2005 Brooks

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      I’m with you Bruce – this should be a pretty good series. Philly, notice the aggressive type of ball these 2 managers will have their teams play – stealing bases, getting the runner over, hit and run – not waiting for the batter to make things happen…

      I am rooting for the AL this year. The Rangers are there again, tops in the AL – all you ever hear from the Jr circuit is about the AL East – Yanks, Sox and Rays – who??? Texas, I would like to see them with the victory this year.

  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    I cant even watch it Bruce i thought about it but ill just read about it later. lol

  • Posts: 5449 Lefty

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    I’d like to see the Cardinals to win it. Then we can say that after we won in 08, we were beaten out three straight years by the World Series champ! Dumb reason I guess, I just like the NL.

    • Posts: 2897 Chuck A.

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      I like the NL too but I sort of have this thing about not rooting for the team that knocks out the Phillies. Last year the Giants and this year the Cards. Plus, I really can’t stand Tony LaRussa. Not that he’s done anything to me personally….I just find him really smug and annoying, despite the fact that he’s a pretty good in-game strategist at times.

      Would love to see Texas win this thing. ….

      Josh Hamilton deserves it for a variety of reasons, mostly because of the incident this summer where the man fell to his death from a ball that was thrown into the stands by him.

      Michael Young for just being a franchise player that’s been there for so long and has been the heart and soul of the team.

      Nolan Ryan for being one of my all-time favorite players. I’m glad I had the chance to see him pitch (although the time I did he got lit up pretty good by the Orioles!).

      Those are just a few reasons. Go Rangers!

      • Posts: 5449 Lefty

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        Those are all better reasons than mine, very persuasive, especially the Josh Hamilton thing. I will now root for both.

        Anyone notice that the RBI single Berkman hit, bounced in foul territory near the plate before going fair? My understanding is it’s fair if no one touches it, I’ve never paid that close attention to the official rules. But it kicked up dirt in foul territory first.

  • Posts: 0 SavannahPhilliesPhan

    Sorry the article was called “Done in by Honor and Hubris” by Joe Boylan in the Bleacher Report. OOPS.

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