Freddy Galvis was placed on the disabled list two days ago with what was termed as a lower back strain, but it turns out his injury is more serious than the vague description would have you believe.
Phillies assistant general manager Scott Proefrock told Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com that Galvis may have a Pars fracture in his lower back. The 22-year-old infielder suffered the injury on a swing Wednesday night, but it could have stemmed from an earlier injury in winter ball.
“It’s serious,” Proefrock said. “It could keep him out for a considerable amount of time.”
Galvis is scheduled to go for a second opinion next week. However, if the initial diagnosis is confirmed, he could miss up to two months. The injury would be treated with rest and a back brace.
Given the unenviable task of filling in for Chase Utley at second base, Galvis is hitting .226/.254/.363 with three homers, 24 RBI and a .617 OPS across 200 plate appearances this season. While the rookie has predictably struggled with the bat, he has shown that he is quite capable defensively. Now Mike Fontenot figures to get most of the looks at second base until Utley is ready to return.
The Orioles singlehandedly kept the rumor mill churning this weekend. MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports that the club is interested in making a play for free agent right-hander Lance Lynn, adding him to a list of potential candidates that also includes free agent righty Alex Cobb. The two are expected to command similar contracts in free agency, but Morosi notes that the Orioles may prefer Cobb based on his familiarity with the AL East.
Lynn, 30, is two years removed from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. Despite missing the 2016 season, he bounced back with a respectable 11-8 record in 33 starts and complemented his efforts with a 3.43 ERA, 3.8 BB/9 and 7.4 SO/9 over 186 1/3 innings for the 2017 Cardinals. He lost several days with a blister on his pitching hand in early September, but managed to avoid any major injuries and can reasonably be expected to shoulder another heavy workload in 2018.
Lynn may not be the Orioles’ first choice to beef up their starting rotation, but there’s no doubt that he’ll be in high demand as one of very few viable starters on the market this winter. The veteran righty rejected his one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer from the Cardinals on Thursday and will likely be seeking a multi-year contract, one that Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch estimates around five years and $100+ million. If the Orioles are willing to bite that bullet, they’ll still need to compensate the Cardinals with their third pick in next year’s draft.