The Philadelphia Phillies have announced that 24-year-old infielder Fred Galvis has been diagnosed with Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), according to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com. Because of the diagnosis, the Phillies are taking no changes in disinfecting facilities across their spring training facilities in Clearwater, FL. The infection surfaced after a slide-induced knee wound did not heal as expected. MRSA is tough to overcome, according to WebMD:
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.
MRSA is spread by contact. So, you could get MRSA by touching another person who has it on the skin. Or you could get it by touching objects that have the bacteria on them. MRSA is carried by about 1% of the population, although most of them aren’t infected.
Galvis will start the season on the DL, which weakers the team’s middle infield depth, which has been the focus of media attention the last week due to the perceived “dog house” that veteran Jimmy Rollins has found himself in for new manager Ryne Sandberg. He’s hospitalized for now, with IV and oral antibiotics as part of a daily cocktail treatment.
MRSA also infected the Tampa Bay Buccaneers locker room during the 2o14 season, which must have the attention of professional and college teams across the country because of its severity.
– David Whitlock
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