And the hits keep coming …


Phillies second baseman Freddy Galvis has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug, according to the team.


Galvis, who is batting .226 with 3 home runs and 24 RBIs, was placed on the 15-day DL with a lower back strain on June 7. The injury was later diagnosed as a fractured vertebra. It was doubtful that the rookie would return at all this season. Galvis is not expected to appeal and he released the following statement:


“A trace amount of a banned substance – 80 parts in a trillion – was detected in my urine sample. I am extremely disappointed in what has transpired. I cannot understand how even this tiny particle of a banned substance got into my body. I have not and never would knowingly use anything illegal to enhance my performance. I have always tried to follow the team’s strength and conditioning methods, listen to the trainers, work out hard and eat right. Unfortunately, the rules are the rules and I will be suspended.

“I’d like to apologize to my all my fans, especially here in Philadelphia and back home in Venezuela, to my teammates and to the Phillies organization. I am looking forward to putting this behind me, rehabilitating my back and returning to the Phillies as soon as possible to try to help them win another World Series.”