By Corey R. Cunningham
On Tuesday, MLB has suspended Philadelphia Phillies 2B Freddy Galvis for 50 games for testing positive for a band substance. Galvis started the season with the Phillies since star 2B and fan favorite Chase Utley started the season on the DL.
Galvis, like many others states, “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 suspended.”
Galvis did test positive for a substance known as, “metabolite of Clostebol, a synthetic androgenic steroid,” according to MLB. Galvis is not the first player, and will not be the last player to be suspended for these types of actions. It has always been a point to me, the more ‘steroids’’ the players take the more the numbers show it; however, with Galvis it was the complete opposite. Galvis did not have the numbers to show his ‘baseball numbers’ getting better, and perhaps it was due to him baring injury and trying to stay on the Phillies roster.
Galvis had a 2012 line of .226 BA, 3 HR, 24 RBI, 14 R, 0 SB, 7 BB, and 29 SO. Galvis has played in a total of 58 G, with 198 AB’s on the season before landing on the DL June 7th with a broken back. The soonest Galvis would be able to return to the lineup would be August 7th, 2012; however it looks as if Chase Utley is on his way back to Philadelphia.
If you have Freddy, I would suggest cutting him at all costs, as it does not look like he will be back with Philadelphia this season, bearing any setbacks with Chase Utley, and if there is setbacks, look for the Phillies to be buyers at the trade deadline, and look for Galvis to head back to AAA after his DL stint.