Play of the Day: Freddy Galvis makes a no-look behind-the-back flip for the out

4 Comments

Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis made a terrific play for one out that very nearly could have been an inning-ending double play. With a runner on first base and one out in the seventh inning, Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon hit a Jake Diekman offering sharply up the middle, which was corralled by a sliding Galvis. Without looking, Galvis flipped the ball behind his back, leading second baseman Chase Utley perfectly to the bag for the second out of the inning. Utley fired to first base, but Blackmon just barely beat the throw to keep the inning alive.

Though Galvis has cooled off at the plate recently, he’s still hitting .289/.342/.335. He’s been better than Jimmy Rollins, traded to the Dodgers during the off-season, on both offense and defense this season.

Brian Anderson suffers hand fracture on a hit-by-pitch

Brian Anderson
Getty Images
Leave a comment

Marlins infielder/outfielder Brian Anderson departed Friday’s 19-11 win over the Phillies with a left hand contusion, the club announced. Following an X-ray, it was then revealed that he had sustained a fracture of the fifth metacarpal — an injury severe enough that it’ll likely keep him off the field for the remainder of the 2019 season.

Anderson suffered the injury on a hit-by-pitch in the third inning. On the first pitch of the at-bat, with the bases loaded and one out, he took a 93.9-m.p.h. fastball off his left hand. The HBP forced in a run, but he doubled over in pain and was quickly examined by a member of the Marlins’ staff before officially departing the game in the top of the fourth.

It’s an unfortunate way to end Anderson’s third campaign with the Marlins. The 26-year-old has posted some career-high numbers this year, reaching the 20-homer mark for the first time and batting a healthy .261/.342/.468 with an .810 OPS and 3.0 fWAR through 510 PA. Despite the setback, he should be fully healed and ready to go well in advance of the Marlins’ spring training in 2020.