Freddy Galvis is back on a Phillies lineup card for the first time since 2017. The veteran infielder was listed as a reserve for Tuesday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Citizens Bank Park.
Galvis, acquired from Baltimore in a trade deadline deal last month, was activated from the injured list before the game.
A quadriceps injury kept Galvis out of big-league action since June 26. He did play in the minors last week.
Manager Joe Girardi said he will use Galvis at all four infield spots, including first base. Rhys Hoskins, the team’s regular first baseman, is still working his way back to full health after a left groin strain. He hit two home runs in his first game back from the IL in San Diego on Sunday. He was not in the starting lineup Tuesday night because the team is committed to easing him back into action.
“I’m hoping at some point we can get him a couple days in a row, but we’re not at that point yet,” Girardi said.
Hoskins was available to pinch-hit Tuesday night.
Brad Miller started at first base.
Andrew McCutchen was out of the lineup. He had experienced recent soreness in his surgically repaired knee so Girardi opted to have Travis Jankowski’s left-handed bat in the lineup against Tampa Bay right-hander Drew Rasmussen.
Galvis, a top defender, is primarily a shortstop but has played second base, third base, left field and center field in his career. He could soon get time at first base as the Phillies look to protect Hoskins from a setback.
“I'm going to use him all over the place,” Girardi said of Galvis. “I even told him to take some ground balls at first base. I asked him if he'd ever played there in the past. I was thinking with Rhys and trying to keep him healthy.”
In other health news, Girardi said right-hander Zach Eflin would start Thursday against Arizona. Eflin has not pitched in the majors since July 16 because of right knee tendinitis. He passed a test Saturday in a rehab start for Double A Reading.
Also, left-handed reliever Jose Alvarado was getting close to being ready, Girardi said. He is on the IL with a shoulder impingement.
In addition to Galvis, the Phillies activated reliever Sam Coonrod from the IL. Pitcher Enyel De Los Santos was sent to Triple A and outfielder Jorge Bonifacio was designated for assignment.