Just when it couldn't get more absurd, 22-year-old second baseman Freddy Galvis heads to the disabled list with a "serious" fracture in his back and will be in a freakin' back brace for six weeks. Are you kidding me?
Beerleaguer: "Serious," from the words of assistant GM Scott Proefrock after Friday night's 9-6 cleansing against the Orioles. What goes around comes around, the Mets would say. The Phils enjoyed health and prosperity in their build-up to the World Series and have been slowly snake-bitten in the years since. They could easily lose Placido Polanco to the disabled list as well for a variety of ailments too difficult to track (technically, a small tear in the tendon of his wrist). Galvis is a real shame. Without him, and without Polanco, the defense is critically weakened. The Phils would have loved to see Galvis get a complete season under his belt as the future of Chase Utley is so uncertain. Utley hasn't even begun fielding yet. After all these months, what does that tell you?
Help is on the way from the minors: Twenty-four hours after Beerleaguer told you the minor league pool had been sucked dry, there are strong indications the Phillies will call up right-handed reliever BJ Rosenberg from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Rosenberg, 26, was on the fast track to the majors a few seasons ago before injuries derailed his career. In 28 2-3 innings between Lehigh Valley and Reading, he's 1-0 with a 1.57 ERA and a 36/8 K/BB ratio. He's a decent choice in that he can pitch multiple innings and balances out the bullpen a bit. The Phillies demoted Raul Valdes and outrighted Pete Orr to Triple-A in a move that suggests Rosenberg will be the guy. Phillippe Aumont is another possibility, but he recently spent time on the disabled list and has been less effective, overall, than Rosenberg.
The Phillies and Orioles continue their series at 4:05.