Updated: 5:35 p.m.
CLEARWATER, Fla. – Infielder Freddy Galvis has been diagnosed with a MRSA infection and will be out of action indefinitely.
Galvis, 24, is hospitalized in the Clearwater area.
“Right now we’re more concerned with his overall health more than anything else,” general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said late Friday afternoon. “He’s going to be in the hospital for a little bit, I don’t know how long. He’s getting hit pretty hard with antibiotics right now.
“We don’t have any time frame for how long he’ll be out because of the severity of what MRSA is. Hopefully the infection gets out of his body as quickly as possible.”
Galvis originally had an abrasion on his left knee that became infected. He was treated for an abscess earlier in the week.
Locker rooms, trainers’ rooms and health clubs can be breeding grounds for MRSA bacteria. The Phillies began taking steps to cleanse their clubhouse immediately after Friday’s game against the Boston Red Sox.
“We’re going to hit the clubhouse, bomb it up pretty good, and try to clear that,” Amaro said. “Obviously it is a bit of a concern. We’ll take the proper precautions.
“Unfortunately when you’re in a clubhouse with 60-plus people this stuff can happen. Every locker has disinfectant in it, but this stuff can still happen.”
Galvis had been a shoo-in to make the Phillies' opening-day roster as a reserve infielder. Now, Ronny Cedeno or Reid Brignac could break with the club.
Pitcher Cliff Lee said Galvis' situation was scary.
“It’s something that’s serious,” he said. “It’s something that’s associated with locker rooms and training rooms, so I think it would be wise for our trainers and staff to clean everything properly and eliminate it. Where it came from, who knows, but you have to assume it came from here, so you do what you can do to stop it.
“We have to do the usual stuff – wash your hands, clean up after yourself when you’re sweaty and dirty. It’s common-sense stuff. It’s definitely serious.”