Philadelphia Phillies injured rookie second baseman Freddy Galvis will be in a back brace for at least three weeks instead of at least six weeks. Galvis received a second opinion on his fractured back (pars fracture of his L45 vertebra) from Dr. Peter Moley at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York (via Philly.com).
The Phillies acknowledge that Galvis will miss a significant amount of time but have not said that his 2012 season is over. With the second opinion, the time Galvis will spend in the back brace has been potentially cut in half. However, if he does not show enough improvement after three weeks, Galvis could be spending more time in the brace.
The Phillies were not able to pinpoint a certain play during which the injury occurred.
In 58 games for Philadelphia this season, Galvis hit .226 with three home runs, 24 RBI and seven walks.