Lots of bad news, little good news for Phils

There's bad news, bad news, bad news, bad news and some good news on the Phillies. Which do you want first?

Freddy Galvis, on the disabled list with a fractured vertebra in his back, was suspended for 50 games by Major League Baseball for violating the terms of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Galvis was found to have traces of the steroid Clostebol, a banned substance, in his system.

In a statement released by the Phillies, Galvis pleaded his case. "A trace amount of a banned substance - 80 parts in a trillion - was detected in my urine sample," the statement read. "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."

It's likely that the suspension won't really mean much, since Galvis can serve the suspension while on the disabled list. Galvis will likely be out of action for at least six weeks, which would take up much of his suspension.

Now for some bad news... David Herndon underwent Tommy John surgery on Tuesday afternoon to repair his right elbow. The surgery, which was performed by Dr. James Andrews, officialy ends the season for Herndon, who has been on the disabled list since May 1.

Then, there's Michael Stutes, who will see Dr. Lewis Yocum to try to find out the cause of the right shoulder inflammation that has sidelined him since April 25. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said that it is possible that Stutes could undergo exploratory surgery to find out the cause of the problem.

Laynce Nix, who has been on the DL since May 10 with a right calf strain, suffered a setback and has been sidelined. Nix was playing in the Phillies extended camp and reported some pain in the calf prompting the Phillies to sit him down.

On the upside, Chase Utley hit his first home run of his rehab assignment Wednesday night with Clearwater and is playing in the field at second base. It's possible that the Phillies could step him up through the system over the next week and have him in Philadelphia right around the end of the month. Might be a little optimistic to hope he could return on the remainder of this homestand.

And, Ryan Howard did some light in-game base-running in his rehab with the extended spring training crew. He is also doing some post-game fielding and light base-running. Don't look for Howard to return until after the All-Star Break.

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