But one National League scout said Tuesday at Ed Smith Stadium that the Phillies have been looking for infield help recently, although he acknowledged nobody seems to be a clear upgrade over Freddy Galvis.
Of course, with Michael Martinez breaking his right foot Tuesday, the Phillies might feel they need to look for a utility infielder if they cannot find a second baseman significantly better than Galvis.
Galvis, who went 1-for-4 with an RBI triple in a 4-1 victory over Baltimore, is hitting .273 with two doubles, two triples, one home run and a team-high 11 RBIs in 44 Grapefruit League at-bats. He is expected to be the Phillies' Opening Day second baseman.
Padres second baseman Orlando Hudson might make sense for the Phillies, except he is making $5.5 million this season with an $8 million club option (or a $2 million buyout) for 2013. The Phillies are highly unlikely to take on that contract unless the Padres pay a significant portion of it. That also seems unlikely.
The Los Angeles Angels' Maicer Izturis, who has a career .728 OBP, could be a fit. He makes $3 million, is versatile and the Angels have other infield options, but it might be a better idea for the Phillies to see how Galvis performs. If he struggles and the news on Utley is not encouraging, they could make a move closer to the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.
The Phillies found themselves in a similar situation last season in right field. They opened the season with Ben Francisco in right before moving to Domonic Brown before ultimately acquiring Hunter Pence.