Galvis Returns, Other Call-ups Announced – Phillies Nation

Galvis Returns, Other Call-ups Announced

Thanks to a tweet from IronPigs beat reporter Jeff Schuler, we got our first glance at the second wave of the Phillies’ September call-ups.


Some familiar faces in pitchers Tyler Cloyd, Joe Savery and Luis Garcia will return after previous stints with the big club this season. Relief pitcher Mauricio Robles and catcher Cameron Rupp will be making their first trips to Citizens Bank Park as official members of the big league roster.

Additionally, the Phillies will recall shortstop Freddy Galvis.  The five-foot-ten 170-pounder posted a .207 average with four homers and 14 RBI in 54 games with the Phillies earlier this season. Of his inclusion on the big league opening day roster, Galvis felt it was encouraging and took a lot of confidence from his time in the majors earlier this year.

Freddy Galvis, Image- Jay Floyd

“It feels good,” Galvis stated.  “You feel like you worked hard and the work you did in the off-season was good.  I mean, when you have the chance to play in the big leagues, that’s the best feeling you have.”

Since the demotion to Triple-A Lehigh Valley, the switch-hitting Galvis has posted a .245 batting average with three home runs, 25 RBI and three steals in 62 games.

Although he was extremely pleased to have begun the 2013 season on the major league roster, Galvis stated that there was no level of dissatisfaction with being sent back to the minor leagues.

“I think there was no disappointment, man.  It’s something I think was good for me.  I wasn’t playing every day over there.  I think- I feel like I’m a young guy.  I’m 23-years-old, I should be playing every day, so sending me here was good for me to get here and be playing everyday and try to (continue) the development,” Galvis said.

The Venezuelan born youngster admitted that September call-ups were somewhat on his mind last week as the IronPigs were clinging to slim playoff hopes in the International League.  Following Saturday’s loss to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the IronPigs were eliminated from postseason contention.

Cloyd started for the Phillies as recently as last weekend and earned a no decision in Lehigh Valley’s win over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Friday.  In eight big league games this season, the righty has a 2-3 record with a 3.57 ERA and a .270 batting average against.

The left-handed Savery, the Phillies’ first round draft choice in 2007, is 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA in 10 big league appearances this season.

Garcia, a right-hander, has a 0-1 record along with a 5.59 ERA in 17 games with the Phillies this year.  Conversely, the 26-year-old tallied a 2-2 record with 11 saves and a 1.51 ERA in 33 games in the minors in 2013.

Robles, who was originally signed as an international free agent by Detroit in 2006, was claimed off waivers by the Phils last December.  The 24-year-old lefty sported a 5-3 record along with a 1.97 ERA and a .167 batting average against in 51 games with Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley this season.

Pitchers Phillippe Aumont and Raul Valdes, who were thought by many to be likely candidates for late season additions to the Phils’ roster, will not be added to the team.



  1. Ken Bland

    September 2, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    One other Phils note that probably gets mentioned on the blog by day’s end, but I think has escaped the articles today, Brown’s got mild tendonitis in his achillies. He’s listed day to day.

    Seems kinda silly to rush him back when rest is the usual prescription for that (been there donw that myself) but that’s the MRI report.

    • hk

      September 2, 2013 at 7:42 pm


      You are correct that there’s no benefit to rushing Dom back. In fact, the team benefits from losing – I’m not suggesting losing on purpose – from having a better draft position and more dollars to allocate on the draft plus potentially a protected 1st round pick, so they should shut Dom down until he’s 100%, even if that means next March. By the way, is there any particular reason for honoring Catfish?

      • Ken Bland

        September 2, 2013 at 7:56 pm

        When I was a kid and we played football down at the lot, it was fashionable to not try to score the winning touchdown on 2nd and goal, rather to kill time and run failed plays until 4th down, then leave the other team less time to do what they needed to do

        I’ve always considered that to be a whole bunch of iq points ago.

        That type of logic might work in the NBA, but you wouldn’t catch me dead thinking a baseball team should be playing it that way for a draft benefit. The difference between the MLB and NBA is a lot more than the size of the ball.

      • hk

        September 2, 2013 at 8:16 pm


        It’s not the difference between the 10th and 11th pick that’s important, it’s the fact that the 10th pick would be protected if the Phils sign a free agent whose team made him a qualifying offer. Being that the plan is to try to contend next year, I expect the Phils to sign someone like McCann, Choo or Ellsbury and I would hate to see them lose the 11th pick in the draft – should they finish with the 11th worst record in MLB – upon signing one of those players. To reiterate, I am not suggesting that they play to lose. I am merely suggesting that they should not rush back their injured players in an effort to win games that are meaningless and where a few extra losses are actually better for the team’s future than wins are.

      • Lefty

        September 2, 2013 at 8:24 pm

        And – You didn’t even answer his Catfish question. How rude KB. 🙂

      • Hogey's Role

        September 2, 2013 at 8:25 pm

        I agree with hk, but I wouldn’t sign McCann or ellsbury and I’d do alot of homework on choo .. the biggest problem is we’re too left handed already….

        I would look into saltalamacchia though at catcher…

        We need right handed power but don’t have alot of positions to fill

  2. Ken Bland

    September 2, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    “is there any particular reason for honoring Catfish?”

    No, but he’s certainly a without a doubt a top 10 personal pitching favorite of my time. Pictures don’t necessarily mean honoring someone in my putting them up. They just bring up some positive thoughts in some way, shape, or form.

  3. Alex M.

    September 3, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    If those are the only players they are planning to call up I will be pissed and stunned at the same time. Because honestly what does this team have to lose? Nothing. Not promoting Aumont and Gillies is a huge mistake, in his last 10 games Aumont had an ERA of 1.35 and was pitching well. And for Gillies he is already on the 40 man roster why not give him a shot.

    Leaving Michael Martinez and Raul Valdes on the roster is also a mistake they should be removed so that Leandro Castro and Justin Friend get their shot at the majors.

    This last month should be a tryout for next season, not lets try and win as many games as possible so that Ryno is the manager next season. We need to see as many young players as possible right now. PERIOD!

    • Bob in Bucks

      September 3, 2013 at 1:43 pm

      We have one of the weakest farms in the MLB so bringing up Castro and Friend will do nothing but waste their time or damage their confidence. Aumont has had his chance and has no friend in the current pitching coach.
      If you wanted someone else it would be Franco.

      • Hogey's Role

        September 3, 2013 at 2:21 pm

        I agree with Alex… pretty soon friend and Castro will be rule 5 eligible… try them out now

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