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.
Chris Young joined the Phillies as their assistant pitching coach last offseason. This offseason he’s getting a promotion: the Phillies just named as their main (um, top? lead? alpha?) pitching coach for the 2019 season. He replaces Rick Kranitz.
Ken Rosenthal, who reported the promotion, says that the Phillies didn’t necessarily want to shake up their pitching coach situation, but that since several clubs wanted to hire Young away, it was either promote him to the top job or lose him. That’s bad news for Kranitz, but he remains under contract for 2019 and will, in the meantime, be allowed to interview elsewhere.
The Phillies pitching staff ranked 11th in runs allowed in the National League in 2018. They were tenth the year before that, but some early season uncertainty and mismanagement by Gabe Kapler and a late season collapse served to hide what was, for most of the season, a bit of a better staff than the year before. The Phillies obviously credit Young for that and want to keep him in the fold.