Manuel still believes in Galvis

Manuel still believes in Galvis

WASHINGTON -- After starting 16 of the first 17 games at second base, Freddy Galvis has started only five of the last 12.

Galvis raised his batting average to a season-high .244 on April 20, when he went 2-for-3 at San Diego, but has hit just .128 (5-for-39) since. In an effort to get more offensive production, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel has played Pete Orr more frequently at second.

Orr entered Sunday's series finale against Washington hitting .269 (7-for-26) with two doubles, one triple and four RBIs.

"Freddy is going to be a good player," Manuel said. "He's improved his hitting since last year. He still needs to improve, and he will. I believe in him."

Asked if Galvis still has some value playing regularly, even if he hovers around .200, because of his defense, Manuel said, "If we're going to keep him in the big leagues, we have to play him some. He has to get some at-bats. How many? I don't know, but he has to play some."

Once Chase Utley returns, it figures Galvis will have even fewer opportunities to play. Manuel said Galvis could play enough at second base and shortstop, spelling Utley and Jimmy Rollins occasionally, so he doesn't hurt his development. Manuel also said he would not be afraid to play Galvis at third base, although Galvis has never played there at any level.