Tuesday, February 19, 2013

SPRING TRAINING: Galvis looks to bounce back

For Montgomery Media / ERIC HARTLINE Freddie Galvis has a laugh during Spring Training workouts.
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- If suffering a broken back isn't the worst thing that happened to you in any given year, you had a pretty lousy year.

When Freddy Galvis went on the disabled list last June with a pars fracture in his lower back, it was an injury that would essentially scrap the remainder of his rookie season with the Phillies. Bummer.

Then, two days later the Phillies got more news from Major League Baseball: Galvis received a 50-game suspension for testing positive for trace amounts of Clostebol, which is described as a weak anabolic steroid. Galvis said in a statement at the time he didn't know how the substance got in his system. In South America, Clostebol is common in dermatological and vaginal medications. Galvis is from Venezuela.

Regardless of how it happened, Galvis paid a heavy price -- approximately $150,000 of his $480,000 salary.

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