Injuries

Injury Updates: Galvis, Martin, Ruf

Galvis’ nightmare start to 2014 continues with a fractured collarbone.

Update, 12:45 PM: Martin threw a scoreless inning in relief during today’s IronPigs game, striking out two and allowing no walks or hits. Ruf is 0-1 with a walk and an RBI thus far playing left field.

Marin told Chris Michael of RCN and others that he will throw one inning tomorrow and will be used as a reliever in 2014.

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Yesterday, I got word from a source at the IronPigs that Freddy Galvis had hurt himself pretty seriously. Today, Jim Salisbury is reporting that Galvis broke his collarbone and will likely be out 6-8 weeks. No word on any corresponding move to replace Galvis on the IronPigs as of yet.

In some good news, both Ethan Martin and Darin Ruf‘s rehabs have progressed. Both Martin and Ruf, per the IronPigs, will join Lehigh Valley starting today to continue their rehabs. Martin is rehabbing an injured right shoulder while Ruf is dealing with a pesky oblique.

Thoughts: The injury to Galvis may prompt the Phillies to move Cesar Hernandez back to Triple-A. Hernandez is hitting .357/.429/.510 with 3 HR for Double-A Reading. Meanwhile, it is anyone’s guess who Martin and Ruf would replace on the Phillies roster if they were to return to the roster after their rehab. The early money is on a one-for-one swap of Martin and Luis Garcia while Ruf doesn’t have a clear spot at this time. Ruf-for-Mayberry would make some sense but John Mayberry has a guaranteed contract and Ruf still has a minor league option.

14 Comments

14 Comments

  1. BobMiller.500pitcher

    May 12, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Speaking of injuries, both in Philly and Lehigh Valley – I noticed that David Buchanan missed his last scheduled start. Is there any injury or health problem with Buchanan, how serious is it, and when should he be able to pitch again?

    • BobMiller.500pitcher

      May 12, 2014 at 10:58 am

      In your This Week in Phillies History review for May 11- May 17 you missed one noteworthy event. On May 12, 1946 Phillies manager Ben Chapman probably disgusted with the Phillies pitching performance as the Phillies trailed the Dodgers in Brooklyn 13-1 in the seventh inning, put himself on the mound for what was his final major league game and his only game appearance in 1946. Chapman gave up one hit and no runs in the final 1.2 innings. He faced the minimum of five batters, surrendering a single, but erasing that runner by getting the next batter to hit into a double play. Chapman went 0-1 at the plate and the Phillies ended up losing 13-4.
      It’s too bad that Chapman left a legacy of being a racist and a hothead because he was a very good outfielder and ballplayer. He was a .302 lifetime hitter, who could also pitch, going 8-6 in 25 games on the mound. He will always be known for the way he treated Jackie Robinson in 1947, but this obscures the fact that he made four consecutive all-star teams (1933-1936 for the Yankees and Washington Senators). He had 1,958 and if not for a suspension would have reached 2,000 hits.
      I guess Good Player-Bad Guy about sums him up. Anyhow, today is the anniversary of Chapman’s final MLB game appearance.

  2. TimC

    May 12, 2014 at 10:54 am

    First time poster, been starting to read your site daily this year, figured I’d join the conversation. At this point, it’s time to move on from Mayberry. We’ve seen what he is capable of and know his ceiling (which is seeming to get lower every year). A .138 bench bat is not going to help this team, which has a very good chance to compete in the division.

    • Lefty

      May 12, 2014 at 11:01 am

      Hi TimC, welcome aboard. I am hopeful that the Phils will feel that Ruf has earned Mayberry spot, and will get it when he is completely ready to go. I guess we’ll find out soon.

  3. PaMikeyDC

    May 12, 2014 at 11:23 am

    Welcome TimC.

    Hey- I assume it wasn’t. But what was the final ruling on Ryan Howard’s bid for the cycle the other week??

    • Hungryent

      May 12, 2014 at 11:30 am

      It was ruled an error like initially called.

  4. bacardipr

    May 12, 2014 at 11:39 am

    Welcome Tim this is one my favorite boards. I would let Ruf get his AB down in the minors fo the time been. I also believe Gwynn is starting to revert to his .220 type of BA. Its a darn shame about Galvis. As a person who has the worst kind of luck i feel for the kid. The bench is a glaring weakness. The bullpen needs to be re-worked im not sure but what is it 9 games so far.

  5. Bob D

    May 12, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    Good idea to bring Hernandez up to AAA along with Ruf and Martin. Then the team can take time to evaluate if they are ready. Once ready they can replace Nix, Mayberry and any reliever not name Paplebon. And maybe MAG will work his way up too and be available to help out soon as well.

    The team is not horrible and has some potential.

    Another possibility is make Sandberg manager/player and he can replace Nix as utility IF. At least there would be someone who could hit on the bench.

  6. Andrew from Waldorf

    May 12, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    LOL

    At Sandberg being the utility infielder.

    I like it.

    Ruben would over pay though.

  7. bacardipr

    May 12, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Bob D that has to be the post of the year. Throw Juan Samuel into the mix he still looks pretty buff.

  8. TimC

    May 12, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    Nix outrighted. Potential for a Cesar second chance? Any dark-horse candidates to take the utility infielder spot?

  9. Andrew from Waldorf

    May 12, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    Ruben has several options but this guy is an old farm hand so probably more to his liking.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alex_Monchak

    • Hungryent

      May 12, 2014 at 5:48 pm

  10. Bob D

    May 13, 2014 at 10:35 am

    waiting to hear who got traded, maybe a relief pitcher will be thrown into the mix since the ones on the team have not been able to throw very well themselves

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