He is placed in an unenviable position, filling in for a player deemed one of the top second basemen in the league and a perennial all-star when healthy. Sure, expectations are low, or at least reserved for a minor league prospect under this type of situation. Hold down the fort in the field and the team will make do with whatever happens at the plate. Hey, if he can get on base form time to time it will be a nice little bonus.
Freddy Galvis started the season for the five-time defending NL East champions at second base, rather than with one of the Philadelphia Phillies' farm clubs as he would typically be projected to do. With Chase Utley battling through a knee concern, Michael Martinez unavailable and the team moving Wilson Valdez in the off-season, the Phillies called on Galvis to fill one of the two massive holes on the right side of the infield. Nobody expected Galvis to instantly become Utley, Placido Polanco or Ryne Sandberg, but nobody wanted to see him be Abraham Núñez. For the first three games, Galvis made contact with the ball but always seemed to find a fielder ready to send him back to the dugout.