Freddy Galvis’ 50-game suspension for a positive performance enhancing drug test came to an end yesterday, but even after sitting out two months the Phillies infielder remains sidelined by a fractured back.
Galvis went from suspended to being transferred to the 15-day disabled list and Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that “it’s doubtful Galvis plays before the end of the season.”
Galvis is expected to play winter ball in Venezuela, which will help make up for being limited to 58 games for the Phillies as a 22-year-old rookie. He hit just .226 with three homers and a .617 OPS, but did look good defensively playing primarily second base in place of an injured Chase Utley.
Nothing went right for the Blue Jays this weekend. The club was swept in a four-game series against the Athletics, including a 9-2 loss on Sunday. Not wanting to burn out his bullpen in a lopsided game — and perhaps thinking about the general entertainment value involved — Blue Jays manager John Gibbons decided to send designated hitter Kendrys Morales out to pitch the ninth inning. And in typical baseball fashion, he saw better results than some of the dudes who do this all the time.
Morales, who actually pitched in Cuba nearly 20 years ago, worked around a walk for a scoreless inning. He induced three fly outs and topped out at 87.4 mph on his fastball, per Brooks Baseball. He received a standing ovation on the way back to the dugout. Morales hasn’t been hearing that sort of thing for his contributions with the bat recently.
Morales, 34, is batting just .163/.248/.279 with three home runs through 32 games this season. There’s been some understandable clamoring for top prospect Vladmir Guerrero, Jr. to cut into his at-bats. For his part, Morales has been doing everything he can to break out of his slumber at the plate, including ditching the glasses he started wearing during spring training. Hey, whatever works. Morales also had two of Toronto’s four hits on Sunday.
On the heels of Morales’ first MLB appearance on the mound, it feels rather appropriate that the Blue Jays will get their first look at Angels sensation Shohei Ohtani — at least as a hitter — beginning on Tuesday.