A Venezuelan Web site says the Phillies want 21-year-old shortstop Freddy Galvis released from his winter ball obligations by Dec. 1. [Link]
Galvis, the soon-to-be-22-year-old shortstop and potential heir to Jimmy Rollins' throne, missed a week of action to have a ganglion cyst drained from his wrist. Galvis told the Venezuelan news source that the Phillies want him to rest after a career year split between double and triple-A. Ruben Amaro told Jim Salisbury that Dec. 1 was the timeframe all along, even before his wrist issue. The Phils were impressed with Galvis' jump to Triple-A and some believe he's good enough to get by in the Majors right now based on his glove alone.
On a related front, Amaro told Salisbury that second baseman Harold Garcia will soon join his fellow Pharmhands at Camp Utility after missing most of the season with a torn ACL. Cesar Hernandez, Ozzie Chavez and Carlos Rivero are the other Venezuelan infielders participating in the VWL, while Les Walrond and Juan Perez are participating in the LOOGY portion of camp.