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Back injury to sideline Phils' rookie

BALTIMORE — Phillies rookie 2B Freddy Galvis could be out for an extended period of time after a series of tests revealed a possible fracture of his back, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Friday night.

The Phillies will seek a second opinion next week before determining the severity of the injury.

"It's serious," assistant GM Scott Proefrock told the Inquirer. "It could keep him out for a considerable amount of time."

The injury was described as a pars fracture, which occurs in the lower part of the back. Proe­frock said Galvis could be in a brace for at least six weeks.

Galvis was hurt Wednesday taking a swing and was put on the disabled list right away. Proe­frock hinted Galvis had suffered an injury during winter ball that could have contributed to this.

Rangers rest Darvish: Yu Darvish's next start has been pushed back two days by the Rangers to give the Japanese right-hander extra rest. Manager Ron Washington said before the decision had nothing to do with Darvish's last start. Instead, Washington said, he wanted to give Darvish the same kind of rest he has given other starters this season when the team had an off day Monday. Darvish allowed six runs, six hits and six walks in a 7-1 loss at Oakland on Thursday. He is 7-4 with a 3.72 ERA and is scheduled to start Friday at home against Houston.

Clemens trial: Debbie Clemens testified in her husband's perjury trial, saying she allowed Roger Clemens' trainer, Brian McNamee, to inject her with HGH on a whim, and corroborated the pitcher's assertion he was not present.

McNamee has said he injected Clemens numerous times with performance-enhancing drugs, and that the pitcher was present when his wife was injected. Clemens is charged with lying to Congress in 2008 when he said he never used steroids or HGH.

Debbie Clemens said when she later told her husband about the shot, he didn't seem surprised. "I don't think he thought it was bad," she testified. "It wasn't like doing heroin or something crazy."

Fan-beating Case: A Los Angeles judge ordered Louie Sanchez, 30, and Marvin Norwood, 31, to stand trial on charges that they assaulted Giants fan Bryan Stow outside Dodger Stadium in 2011. A transcript of a jailhouse conversation between the men was released during their preliminary hearing. Prosecutors said the conversation was secretly recorded after they appeared in a lineup in July. Sanchez was recorded saying he got mad at Stow for making derogatory remarks to his sister. "I socked him, jumped him and started beating him," the transcript quoted Sanchez as saying. Norwood said he wouldn't have felt like a man if he hadn't helped, the transcript said. Stow suffered brain damage and is permanently disabled.

Medal replaced: White Sox SS Alexei Ramirez got a replacement for his lost gold medal that he earned with Cuba's Olympic team at the 2004 Athens Games. During a surprise presentation, fellow countryman Jose Contreras, currently on the Phillies' DL, showed up during stretching and handed Ramirez a box with the new medal in it.

The original medal had been lost or stolen while Ramirez and his wife were en route to Chicago before his first season with the White Sox in 2008. The White Sox contacted the International Olympic Committee and had a replacement medal made.

Braves: Former manager Bobby Cox called John Smoltz "the biggest of the big-game pitchers" as the team retired the right-hander's No. 29 and inducted him into the team's hall of fame.

Mariners: RHP Felix Hernandez, who was to start Sunday in his return from a sore back, will be pushed back a few more days and start Tuesday.

Yankees: Reliever Joba Chamberlain, who dislocated his right ankle bouncing on a trampoline with his son during spring training in Tampa, threw off a mound for the first time since the injury. Chamberlain made 25 throws and says he will pitch this year.

Back injury to sideline Phils' rookie 06/08/12 [Last modified: Saturday, June 9, 2012 12:16am]
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