Phillies notes: Galvis could leave hospital soon

Phillies notes: Galvis could leave hospital soon

March 23, 2014, 6:45 pm
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Freddy Galvis was batting .118 with a triple and a homer before he landed in the hospital with a MRSA infection. (AP)

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Phillies infielder Freddy Galvis, who is being treated for a MRSA infection, could be released from the hospital as soon as Monday, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Sunday.

“They’re taking him off the intravenous meds,” Amaro said. “They are just going with oral medication, which is a good sign. Right now he does not need a PICC line, which is good.”

Galvis developed the infection after suffering an abrasion on his left knee. He will open the season on the disabled list and there is no timetable for his return.

Phillies 5, Twins 1
Kyle Kendrick pitched well in the Phillies’ 5-1 win over the Twins in Clearwater on Sunday. The right-hander, who will start the third game of the regular season, allowed five hits and a run in six innings. He walked one and struck out six.

Under the tutelage of new pitching coach Bob McClure, Kendrick has started throwing a curveball. He was previously just a sinker/cutter/changeup guy.

Kendrick threw eight to 10 curveballs. Catcher Carlos Ruiz raved about the pitch and believes Kendrick has added another weapon.

Speaking of Ruiz, he caught a runner trying to steal. At manager Ryne Sandberg’s insistence, Phillies pitchers and catchers are paying close attention to that part of the game this spring. Phillies catchers have thrown out 14 of 24 would-be basestealers with the help of pitchers who are paying more attention to runners and varying their patterns of holding them.

Rollins heating up
Jimmy Rollins had two hits, including his second homer in as many days. Rollins has hit in five straight games.

Domonic Brown had two doubles.

Fifth starter candidate?
Jonathan Pettibone, who was slowed by a sore shoulder early in camp, is progressing well. He is scheduled to throw in Thursday’s big-league game and could have enough time to get ready for April 13, the first time the Phillies need a fifth starter.

Health check
Something to watch: Bobby Abreu has some left shoulder soreness. Abreu is in the final days of his tryout to make the club.

Pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez -- remember him? -- remains sidelined with shoulder inflammation.

Ethan Martin has resumed throwing on flat ground after a three-week shutdown because of a shoulder strain.

Up next
David Buchanan starts in Dunedin against the Blue Jays on Monday. Jeff Manship is scheduled to start against the Yankees on Tuesday night in Tampa.