Phillies second baseman Freddy Galvis to wear back brace for at least 3 weeks

The Philadelphia Inquirer—June 13, 2012

Following a second opinion on his fractured back, Freddy Galvis will spend at least three weeks in a back brace without any physical activity. The Phillies rookie second baseman will miss significant time with the injury, but the team is not ready to proclaim his season over.

Galvis, 22, suffered a pars fracture of his L45 vertebra. Phillies head athletic trainer Scott Sheridan said the injury did not happen on one specific play. Galvis has dealt with minor back pain since at least this past winter.

He must wear the specially designed brace at all times except for when he showers.

Galvis sought a second opinion Tuesday from Dr. Peter Moley at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.

If after three weeks Galvis has not shown improvement in healing, he could be constrained to the brace for a longer period.

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