Galvis Suspeneded By Major League Baseball
Freddy Galvis has been suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball for a positive PED test.
Gavlis has been on the disabled list since June 6 with a fracture in his lower back. He can serve the punishment while on the shelf and he is denying that he ever used the performance-enhancing drug Clostebol.
What's groundbreaking here is shock-factor alone. Doubt anybody saw this coming, especially of a guy who wasn't exactly mashing at the plate. Through 58 games, Galvis was running a .226/.254/.363/.617. (Though, as we'll note in a minute, maybe it shouldn't be.)
But this doesn't have immediate implications for Galvis or the team.
Good (?) news for the Phillies, who could probably use a spell at second base for Chase Utley, who's due back before July 2: Galvis can start serving his 50-game ban while on the DL.
If you'll note the recent example of Edinson Volquez (Mark Sheldon on the scoopage):
"The suspension of Volquez, who is on the 60-day disabled list, will be effective on Wednesday. He can serve the time while on the DL but will lose 50 games worth of pay, which totals around $120,000 of his $445,000 salary for 2010."
Galvis is currently riding out a 15-day DL stint, a wait-and-see move by the Phils (June 6) before the injury was diagnosed as a pars fracture in his back (June 13), something that's going to keep him out the rest of the season. (Well more than 50 games.)
Bad news for Galvis: He's beat in the payday department. Galvis' contract rakes him $480,000 in 2012, a 50-game proration for which is $148,148. Lot of money, for Galvis or anybody.
More details are yet to come, but it's worth noting that, again, maybe we shouldn't be surprised here. The Roger Clemens perjury case (grounded in alleged 'roid use) conjures imagery of one archetypical saucer: The aging pitcher. Same story for Andy Petite. Same story for Barry Bonds, who represented their offensive counterparts. Those are the ones that typically pop.
But those aren't the only breeds of saucers. The rest? The sum of their parts kind of sums up Galvis, most notably for two types. (1) The fringe player saucers, who used 'roids to ensure their spots on teams, and concurrent paydays. (2) The Alex Rodriguez saucer, most notably for how Alex Rodriguez turned to PEDs only after inking that monster payday with Texas, at the time, the largest in the sport's history. Lot of pressure, that was. Lot of pressure, filling the shoes of the city's golden boy, this might've been for Galvis.