On a day Freddy Galvis learned he might be the starting second baseman for the Philadelphia Phillies on Opening Day, the rookie prospect showed more of his potential.
Galvis ripped a two-run triple in Philadelphia’s 4-3 over Detroit on March 19.
Now the guy once considered the shortstop of the future might end up replacing Chase Utley at second base. Utley, a five-time All-Star, is doubtful to be ready to start the season, according to general manager Ruben Amaro Jr.
Utley has a chronic knee condition that affects both knees, not just the right knee as originally thought.
“He’s got bad knees,” Amaro said. “He’s got a cartilage issue. You can’t grow cartilage. So it’s partially tendinitis and partially a cartilage issue. So hopefully we can get him to the point where he’s feeling confident about playing on it.”
Utley missed the first 46 games last year and had his worst offensive season after returning. The Phillies also are missing Ryan Howard, so they’ll have to find two other players to provide offense in the middle of the lineup.
Galvis has been Philadelphia’s best player this spring. He’s an excellent defensive player and has the potential to be a decent hitter. Galvis has drawn praise from manager Charlie Manuel for his baseball instincts and fielding. He’s hitting .282 with four extra-base hits and 10 RBI in 16 games.
“Freddy has done a nice job for us,” Amaro said. “I like Galvis. Has Galvis done anything to warrant not playing? He’s been our best player this spring. We’re going to give him a chance.”