Alex Rodriguez gets stitches removed from right knee

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It’s too early to claim that Alex Rodriguez is making “progress” from last week’s knee surgery, but everything to this point has gone according to plan.

According to Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York, the third baseman had the stitches removed from his right knee on Thursday in Miami and has been working out this week in a rehab pool.

A-Rod had surgery on July 14 to repair a torn meniscus and is not expected to return to the major leagues until late August, at the earliest.

The Yankees have handed starting third base duties over to Eduardo Nunez in the meantime.

Rodriguez, 35, was batting .295/.366/.485 with 13 home runs and 52 RBI through 344 plate appearances.

Padres close to acquiring Freddy Galvis from the Phillies

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Scott Miller of Bleacher Report says that the San Diego Padres are in “serious” talks with the Phillies to acquire shortstop Freddy Galvis. He said that a deal could happen today, in fact.

Galvis, 28, is a superior defensive shortstop. He hit .255/.309/.382 with 12 homers and 14 steals over 162 games in 2017. Which, while not good, is pretty much as good as he gets on offense and works well enough given his glove and given how durable he has proven to be.

No word on what the Phillies would get back for Galvis, but 2013 first rounder J.P. Crawford is clearly the Phillies’ shortstop of the future. Crawford, who was called up and played in 23 games in 2017, has great range and an MLB ready glove. He has some holes in his swing but some pop too, so there’s no reason for Philly not to install him at short now.