More rough health news for the 2012 Phillies.
According to MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, infielder Freddy Galvis was diagnosed Wednesday evening with a pars fracture in his lower back. He will be in a back brace for at least the next three weeks and the Phillies’ medical team can’t say for certain when he might be ready to resume baseball-related activities.
“It’s hard to just go, oh, the season is over,” head trainer Scott Sheridan told MLB.com. “I think a lot just depends on how he responds after the first three weeks. … Based on his symptoms and that kind of stuff, we might be able to begin some stuff with him exericise-wise, but we really won’t know a lot more until we get to that time period. The biggest thing right now is just trying to get him comfortable.”
Galvis was batting .226/.254/.363 with three home runs and 24 RBI in 58 games before the injury while serving as the Phillies’ primary second baseman. Chase Utley (knee) is expected to return in about three weeks.
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.