Freddy Galvis was reportedly diagnosed with a staph infection this morning. According to a report by Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News, the infection may be of the more severe variety. Lawrence reports that Galvis' infection may be MRSA, according to one of Lawrence's sources.
What is MRSA? The website Web MD describes MSRA:
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a bacterium that causes infections in different parts of the body. It's tougher to treat than most strains of staphylococcus aureus -- or staph -- because it's resistant to some commonly used antibiotics.
The symptoms of MRSA depend on where you're infected. Most often, it causes mild infections on the skin, like sores or boils. But it can also cause more serious skin infections or infect surgical wounds, the bloodstream, the lungs, or the urinary tract.
Though most MRSA infections aren't serious, some can be life-threatening. Many public health experts are alarmed by the spread of tough strains of MRSA. Because it's hard to treat, MRSA is sometimes called a "super bug."
Lawrence did not get the particular diagnosis from Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro, Jr., but Amaro said that they would treat the clubhouse:
He said the Phillies were having the home clubhouse at Bright House Field bombed with disinfectant following Friday’s game against the Red Sox.
"(We'll) 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 everyone’s locker, every single guy has that disinfectant stuff. It’s stuff that happens. You can’t do much about it be causes trying to prevent anything else from happening."
Lawrence notes that the infection is the same one that plagued the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season.