Freddy Galvis’ back injury sounds pretty serious

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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 Angels were the first team to use up all of their mound visits

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Last night’s Angels-Astros game was a long affair with a bunch of homers and the use of 11 pitchers in all. The Angels used six pitchers and all of that business led to plenty of conferences. Six, in fact, which is their allotment under the new rule capping mound visits. As far as I can tell, that makes the Angels the first team to use up all of their mound visits since the advent of the rule.

Sadly, they did not try to go for a seventh, thereby testing the currently unknown limits of the rule. Umpires have been instructed to not allow additional mound visits, but they cannot issue balls or tackle anyone or anything to enforce it. Presumably, if Maldonado had walked out to talk to Cam Bedrosian about the weather or where he was going to dinner after the game, the home plate umpire would’ve simply done the old Robin Williams English policeman’s bit of yelling “Stop! . . . or I shall yell ‘Stop!’ again!” Maybe a fine would issue later, but we’ll never know.

At least until someone breaks the limit. And we know someone will, right? We should have a betting pool on who does it.