MLB notes: Phillies infielder has back fracture

Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Freddy Galvis will be in a brace for three weeks. (REUTERS)

Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Freddy Galvis will be in a brace for three weeks. (REUTERS)

QMI AGENCY

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The Philadelphia Phillies' Freddy Galvis will be in a brace for three weeks as he recovers from a fracture in his lower back, MLB.com reported Wednesday evening.

The 22-year-old infielder has had back pain in the past, but the fracture occurred recently. It is not known how long he will be sidelined, but Phillies trainer Scott Sheridan said it could be a significant period.

"It's hard to just go, oh, the season is over," Sheridan said. "I think a lot just depends on how he responds after the first three weeks.

It's not an uncommon injury in baseball. You want to treat it appropriately. If you let these go they can progress into other problems."

Galvis is hitting .226 with three homers and 24 RBI in 58 games this season.

TULOWITZKI HURT AGAIN

Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki hit a homer and single Wednesday in his first rehab game at triple-A Colorado Springs but then reinjured his left groin.

Tulowitzki left the game after his third-inning single. He was scheduled to return to Denver to be evaluated.

The 27-year-old slugger had intended to rejoin the Rockies this weekend. He has a .287 average, eight homers and 27 RBI in 47 games this season.

ROSTER OVERHAUL FOR Ms

The Seattle Mariners were forced into a roster shuffle Wednesday, placing outfielder Mike Carp and pitcher Stephen Pryor on the 15-day disabled list.

Pryor suffered a groin injury Tuesday night covering a play at first base in the ninth inning. Carp has been sidelined for the second time this season with an inflamed right shoulder.

They activated outfielder Franklin Gutierrez from the DL and recalled pitchers Erasmo Ramirez and Steve Delabar from triple-A Tacoma along with outfielder Casper Wells. Gutierrez has been out all season with a torn right pectoral muscle.

The Mariners demoted third baseman Alex Liddi and right-handed pitcher Blake Beaven late Tuesday night.

VALVERDE DRAWS WARNING

Jose Valverde and the Detroit Tigers have been given a warning by MLB after the right-handed reliever allegedly threw a spitball Sunday, ESPN.com has reported.

An Internet video showed Valverde putting his glove to his mouth before making a pitch in the ninth inning against the Cincinnati Reds.

The pitcher said he was wiping away sweat with his glove and didn't spit.

"It's nothing. I never did anything wrong," Valverde said.

BRIEFLY

Byron Buxton, 18, drafted second overall by Minnesota has agreed to sign for a $6-million bonus, breaking the Twins record $5.1-million bonus for Joe Mauer in 2001. Buxton's bonus is $1.2 million more than any other player in this year's draft class ... Jurors began their first full session of deliberation Wednesday in the trial of Roger Clemens, who faces charges that he lied to Congress when he said he didn't use performance-enhancing drugs. Clemens faces a maximum prison term of 30 years, though he most likely would get 15 to 21 months ... Baltimore Orioles pitcher Brian Artusz, 25, missed his scheduled start Wednesday of a bruised nose. The left-hander was hurt Tuesday when he was hit by a ball during bunting practice. X-rays were negative ... The Kansas City Royals optioned reliever Louis Coleman to triple-A to make room for starting pitcher Jonathan Sanchez's return from the disabled list. Coleman, a right-hander, had a 3.15 ERA, striking out 18 batters and walking 12 in 20 innings with the Royals.


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