Galvis diagnosed with infection caused by MRSA

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 21, 2014 at 7:10 pm •  Published: March 21, 2014
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CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Philadelphia Phillies reserve infielder Freddy Galvis has been diagnosed with an infection caused by MRSA, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Friday.

The 24-year-old was favored to earn a roster spot as a utility infielder. Instead he'll start the season on the disabled list.

"Right now, we're more concerned with his overall health more than anything else," Amaro said. "He's going to be in the hospital for a little bit, I don't know how long. ... Hopefully the infection gets out of his body as quickly as possible."

Galvis sustained a cut on his left knee during an exhibition game and last played March 16. An abscess was removed from the wound Wednesday, and complications arose when an infection was detected.

Galvis was hospitalized Thursday and treated with oral and intravenous antibiotics.

MRSA, or Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, is a staph bacteria that can cause infections and is resistant to many antibiotics.

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