Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Freddy Galvis was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Thursday with a lower back strain, but the 22-year-old may have something more serious.
Numerous members of the media are tweeting that the Phillies believe that Galvis has a pars fracture in his back, which he injured swinging in Wednesday night’s game.
See the news from Todd Zolecki of MLB.com:
Galvis could have a pars fracture in his back. Would be serious if true. Could be in a brace 6 weeks. Could miss significant time.—
Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) June 09, 2012
Kevin Cooney of PhillyBurbs.com is a bit more definitive:
Galvis diagnosed with a Pars
Fracture- sounds extremely serious. Going for 2nd opinion—
Kevin Cooney (@KevinCooney) June 09, 2012
Once Galvis, who is hitting .226 with three home runs and 24 RBIs, gets a second opinion next week, the team will decide on a course of action. A normal course of treatment, according to Wikipedia, does not require surgery but simply involves rest and physical therapy — which would still keep Galvis out for most if not the rest of the season.
Where for art thou, Chase Utley?