Freddy Galvis Still Not Fully Grasping Offense

Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

The spry young bench player yearns for the day that "designated fielder" becomes a thing.

Freddy Galvis, it was noted this morning, is approaching some distinct territory.

Once a highly touted defensive prospect, Galvis had at some points given hope that maybe he was figuring out which end of the bat to hold. Right now is not one of those points, as his slash line has become a sad, sharp gasp - .056/.103/.056. He is 2-for-36 with 11 strikeouts.

Galvis' current troubles come at the end of a turbulent couple of years:

September 17, 2011: Freddy Galvis is named one the Phillies' two Paul Owens Award winners along with Trevor May for finally having a year where his hitting prowess attempted to approach something close to the same level as his fielding prowess.

October 28, 2011: A weird, bulbous pouch sprouts on Freddy's hand. Is it full of spiders? "No," say doctors, confused and angry at the question.

March 19, 2012: A spider-free Freddy Galvis is named the Phillies' Opening Day starter at second base, after Chase Utley takes some time off to be with his knees.

April 11, 2012: Among chants of his name, Freddy finally logs his first Major League hit, a two-run double off Anibal Sanchez.

June 8, 2012: Freddy heads to the DL after fans chanting his name fails to fix his back injury.

June 19, 2012: Freddy's urine sets off klaxons at MLB HQ and he is suspended 50 games for unknowingly taking Clostebol, a steroid used mostly by East German athletes.

April 3, 2013: Charlie Manuel isn't convinced Freddy Galvis is a better fielder than Michael Young.

May 19, 2013: Freddy follows an Erik Kratz ninth-inning, game-tying home run with a ninth-inning game-winning home run, bringing a smile to the face of a pouting Cliff Lee.

March 21, 2014: Freddy is diagnosed with flesh-eating bacteria.

May 6, 2013: Freddy partakes in the rare baseball feat of a "double pickle." It's not as delicious as it sounds.

With a slick glove and a smile as contagious as the MRSA virus, it's difficult not to get behind the 24-year-old. However, it's even more difficult to hit behind him, as he has probably just grounded into a double play.

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