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Phillies infielder Freddy Galvis is hospitalized with MRSA

By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The news gets worse for the Phillies.

Freddy Galvis, who was a lock to make the Opening Day roster as a utility infielder, is in the hospital with MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus). He had an abscess removed from his left knee Wednesday, but he returned to the hospital Thursday and has been there since.

He is to be hospitalized indefinitely while he receives a heavy dose of antibiotics.

"We're more concerned with his overall health more than anything else," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said, following Friday's 2-2 tie against the Red Sox at Bright House Field. "We do not have any timeframe because of the severity of what MRSA is. Clearly, he's going to start the season on the [disabled list]. But hopefully the infection gets out of his body as quickly as possible."

Amaro said the Phillies, who are 6-14-3 this spring, planned to professionally disinfect their entire clubhouse.

"We're going to hit the clubhouse, bomb it up pretty good and try to clear that," Amaro said. "Obviously it is a bit of a concern. We'll take the proper precautions. Unfortunately, when you're in a clubhouse with 60-plus people or whatever it was, this kind of stuff can happen. If you see in everyone's locker, every single guy has that disinfectant stuff. It happens. You can't do much about it but try to prevent anything else from happening."

According to the Mayo Clinic, MRSA "is caused by a strain of staph bacteria that's become resistant to the antibiotics commonly used to treat ordinary staph infections. Infections can resist the effects of many common antibiotics, so they are more difficult to treat."

MRSA infected three players from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in October, gaining widespread attention because there had been talk the NFL might postpone Tampa Bay's game that weekend against the Philadelphia Eagles.

The game was played as scheduled.

The Phillies' athletic training staff routinely discusses MRSA prevention in Spring Training.

"The usual stuff -- wash your hands, clean up after yourself when you're sweaty and dirty," Cliff Lee said. "It's common-sense stuff. It's definitely serious. Where it came from, who knows, but you have to assume it came from here, so you do what you can to stop it."

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