Freddy Galvis and Mike Adams close to joining Phillies

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Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. confirmed this afternoon that left-hander Cole Hamels could be activated as soon as April 22, but they should get some other players back from the disabled list even sooner.

Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News reports that utility infielder Freddy Galvis could join the team as soon as tomorrow. Meanwhile, reliever Mike Adams could be activated Monday.

Galvis suffered a cut on his left knee in March and eventually had an abscess removed, during which an infection was detected. It turned out to be Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), which is resistant to many antibiotics. Fortunately, the 24-year-old has made steady progress since then, recently appearing in a pair of rehab games with High-A Clearwater.

Adams is making his way back from shoulder and sports hernia surgeries. The 35-year-old has struck out five batters in 2 1/3 innings over three rehab appearances with High-A Clearwater and will help set up for Jonathan Papelbon when he’s ready to return. He’s making $7 million this year.

Minor League Baseball had its worst attendance in 14 years

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Baseball American reports today that total attendance at minor league baseball games reached a 14-year low in 2018. Total attendance was 40,450,337. That’s a drop of 1,382,027 fans compared to last season.

Around a third of that drop is attributable to fewer scheduled games but, as Baseball America notes, even when you go to average attendance per game, there was a sharp drop off this season. BA suggests that this represents a leveling off after over a decade’s worth of large increases in minor league attendance. Which sound pretty plausible. Overall, attendance numbers are still massively above where they were 15-20 years ago, so this seems more like a correction than a real problem. The BA article goes into some good analysis of the decline.

All of that said, revenues are up for the minors, in large part because of merchandise sales and because minor league ballparks have a lot more amenities and better concessions than they used to have and fans are willing to pay for them.