3/25/2014 11:29 P.M. ET
Galvis out of hospital, recovering from MRSA
By Austin Laymance / MLB.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Freddy Galvis is still recovering from MRSA, but the infielder is out of the hospital and is optimistic he could play for the Phillies in three weeks.
Galvis was in good spirits on Tuesday afternoon, his first day back at the Phillies' Spring Training complex after spending four days in the hospital. Fortunately, the infection in his left knee did not spread to the joints or muscles. He'll be on antibiotics for two weeks and hopes to begin baseball activities in five days, with a goal of returning to the Major Leagues by the end of April.
"It might be maybe three weeks," Galvis said when asked when he will be back on a big league field. "After they take off the stitches it will be five days, then I'll be running and starting baseball stuff. I think my arm is good, my legs are good. I think my swing will be good. So maybe two or three weeks."
But Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. cautioned that Galvis might not be ready to play in April.
"Yeah, it could be two to three weeks, it could be six to eight weeks," Amaro said. "We just don't know. I think a lot depends on how quickly his wounds heal and how quickly he can get into some baseball activities. As far as his infection is concerned, he's not out of the woods, but optimistically he's taken pretty well to the antibiotics so far."
Regardless of the timetable, it's a positive sign for the Phillies that Galvis is out of the hospital.
"It was good to see him back," manager Ryne Sandberg said. "He told me the four days he spent in the bed made him weak, but other than that, he felt good about everything and is coming along. He is headed in the right direction."
With Galvis at least a few weeks away from joining the Phillies, the club remains thin in the infield. Reid Brignac and Cesar Hernandez are now the only utility infielders in Major League camp, and Amaro said he's looking at options both inside and outside the organization.
Adams tosses scoreless inning in return to mound
TAMPA, Fla. -- Phillies reliever Mike Adams took an important step in his recovery from right shoulder surgery, pitching a scoreless inning in Tuesday's 6-0 win against the Yankees in his Grapefruit League debut.
Adams entered in the fifth inning and faced the top of the Yankees' lineup, surrendering a pair of soft hits to Brett Gardner and Derek Jeter and striking out Mark Teixeira with a backdoor cutter to end the frame. Adams kept the ball down in the strike zone and made 16 pitches.
"Overall, it went real well," said Adams, who hopes to join the Phillies two weeks into the regular season. "It was very nerve-racking at first. But once I settled down and kind of caught my breath a little bit, fundamentally, my mechanics kind of came together and I started making quality pitches."
For Adams, it was his first Major League action in over nine months. He had thoracic outlet surgery on July 31 and missed the final 92 games last season, his first with the Phillies. Before Tuesday, Adams had not appeared in a big league game since June 19.
"It's been a long time and I'm real happy to see him back," catcher Carlos Ruiz said. "I think he was real good, and that's big for us."
• The Phillies announced Tuesday that pitcher David Buchanan will not make the Opening Day roster.
Buchanan had a productive Spring Training and was one of the bright spots in camp, but the Phillies won't need a fifth starter until April 13 and Sandberg said "it looks like we will start with four starters" on the Opening Day roster. Buchanan will begin the season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, but Sandberg said the right-hander "will be in the mix" for that start on the 13th.
"I wanted to come in here and make an impression and open up some eyes and I feel like I did that," said Buchanan, who has a 2.25 ERA over five appearances in the Grapefruit League. "I feel like I proved that I am ready for the next level."
• The Phillies reassigned catcher Koyie Hill to Major League camp as a non-roster invitee, optioned catcher Cameron Rupp to Minor League camp and reassigned catcher Sebastian Valle to Minor League camp. Hill had been in Minor League camp after being acquired last week.