Freddy Galvis Suspended 50 Games for PEDs

Freddy Galvis Suspended 50 Games for PEDs

We won't be seeing Freddy Galvis for awhile. The rookie infielder was placed on the 15-day disabled list two weeks ago, and was presumed unavailable for far longer. Now it's official.

Major League Baseball sentenced the 22-year-old rookie to a 50-game ban for testing positive for a performance enhancing drug. The "silver lining," if you can call it that, is Galvis might miss that and more anyway due to a lower-back injury, so he'll serve out the suspension while sitting on the DL.

For his part, Galvis is denying any intentional wrongdoing, but acknowledging that won't have any impact either way on the discipline he now faces:

“A trace amount of a banned substance – 80 parts in a trillion – was
detected in my urine sample," Galvis said in a statement released by the
team. "I am extremely disappointed in what has transpired. I cannot
understand how even this tiny particle of a banned substance got into my
body. I have not and never would knowingly use anything illegal to
enhance my performance. I have always tried to follow the team’s
strength and conditioning methods, listen to the trainers, work out hard
and eat right. Unfortunately, the rules are the rules and I will be

Whatever the case, it's a shame. One of the few feel-good stories this year winds up with a fractured back, and now a sullied reputation it would appear.

>> Freddy Galvis suspended 50 games for positive PED test [CSN]

Tonight's lineup: WIth only RHP left, could Ryan Howard start every game?

Tonight's lineup: WIth only RHP left, could Ryan Howard start every game?

If healthy, Ryan Howard is expected to start all three games in the Phillies' final series of the season Sept. 2-4 at home against the Mets.

He might also start the entire Braves series.

The Phillies' final six games are all against right-handed starting pitchers: Julio Teheran, Mike Foltynewicz and Josh Collmenter in Atlanta; Robert Gsellman, Bartolo Colon and Noah Syndergaard with the Mets. That could mean six starts for Howard before his time with the Phillies expires.

Howard's batting average has been below .200 for practically the entire season, but he's been much better since the All-Star break, hitting .259/.325/.598 with 11 homers, five doubles and 25 RBIs in 123 plate appearances (see game notes). He went 0 for 6 in his last two starts but homered in each of his two previous starts to reach 23 for the third year in a row.

Here's the Phillies' full lineup Tuesday against Teheran:

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Roman Quinn, LF
3. Odubel Herrera, CF
4. Maikel Franco, 3B
5. Ryan Howard, 1B
6. Cameron Rupp, C
7. Freddy Galvis, SS
8. Aaron Altherr, RF
9. Jerad Eickhoff, P

Matt Kemp is out of the Braves' lineup.

1. Ender Inciarte, CF
2. Adonis Garcia, 3B
3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
4. Nick Markakis, RF
5. Tyler Flowers, C
6. Jace Peterson, 2B
7. Dansby Swanson, SS
8. Mallex Smith, LF
9. Julio Teheran, P

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Howie Roseman makes complete 180 with latest roster move

Howie Roseman makes complete 180 with latest roster move

Howie Roseman solidified his hold on Executive of the Year Tuesday when he re-signed guard Darrell Greene to the practice squad and released JaCorey Shepherd from the practice squad. Shepherd was signed on Wednesday when Greene was previously released.

The Eagles were undefeated with Shepherd on the practice squad this year.

But they're also undefeated with Greene on the practice squad.

Roseman did not return messages requesting comment about Shepherd's seven-day stint with the Eagles.

Once Roseman realized he had actually NOT signed Lito Sheppard, the deal was voided.

The Eagles don't play this coming weekend so we were hard-pressed for any actual news.