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Jack McCaffery is the lead sports columnist for the Daily Times and delcotimes.com. He has spent several decades covering everything from the Phillies, Eagles, Flyers and Sixers, to college hoops, to high school sports in Delco.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

GALVIS WANTS TO BE A SHORTSTOP; ROLLINS ON BENCH


    Make something of it. Make nothing of it. But Freddy Galvis resurfaced Thursday at Citizens Bank Park and said he has no offseason plans to continue to work at second base.
  
  "Shortstop," he said. "I'm going to be a shortstop."
 
    By the way, he said that on a night that Jimmy Rollins was out of the lineup, and when Charlie Manuel touted Michael Martinez as a perfectly suitable defensive replacement.
 
     Connect the dots?
 
     Rollins has two years remaining on a contract good for $11 million per. Just say this: If the Phillies can move him, their manager would be OK with Galvis at short. 

“I think he showed us he can definitely play second base,” Charlie Manuel said. “I think he can play shortstop too. The bottom line is, he showed us enough he could play shortstop. This is me talking, my opinion. If Freddy Galvis hits .250 or .260 in the big leagues at shortstop, he’s a prototype shortstop. Does that make make sense? He’s a prototype guy that you’re looking for if he can play defense like that. Put him over there at second, you look up and say ‘I’d like to see a better bat.’ But at shortstop, he becomes that prototype. He played good second base because he’d been playing shortstop.”
    Galvis, who had a season-ending back injury and recently completed a 50-game suspension for testing positive for a banned substance, was in town for the annual team picture. He did not discuss the suspension.
     
      But he may have provided a glimpse at the future.
 
      “I don't know the future,” Galvis said. “I don't see the future.”

 
     
      Check out the complete Phillies coverage in the Daily Times Friday and, as always, on delcotimes.com

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