Freddy Galvis is in the Phillies’ starting lineup for the first time since September 29, 2017, batting sixth and playing shortstop Wednesday night against the Rays.
Galvis, acquired from Baltimore at the trade deadline, has been out since late June with a quad injury. He was activated by the Phillies prior to Tuesday’s game and manager Joe Girardi said he would play all over the infield.
With Galvis at shortstop and Ronald Torreyes at third base, this is the best defensive alignment all season on the left side of the Phillies’ infield.
Rhys Hoskins is back in the lineup, as expected. Hoskins homered twice on Sunday in San Diego after returning from a groin injury but he did not start Tuesday. Girardi explained that the injury is keeping Hoskins from returning to everyday status. Hoskins came to the plate as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning and represented the tying run but popped up to first base to end Tuesday's game.
The Phils will be cautious with him, removing him for a defensive replacement late in games they’re leading, as they did Sunday.
Here is the lineup against Rays lefty Ryan Yarbrough:
1. Jean Segura, 2B
2. J.T. Realmuto, C
3. Bryce Harper, RF
4. Rhys Hoskins, 1B
5. Andrew McCutchen, LF
6. Freddy Galvis, SS
7. Ronald Torreyes, 3B
8. Luke Williams, CF
9. Zack Wheeler, P