The Phillies are disinfecting their clubhouse because of MRSA concerns

Mike Oz
The Phillies are disinfecting their clubhouse because of MRSA concerns

As if the Philadelphia Phillies weren't already a hot mess of injuries and internal strife, now the team needs to disinfect its spring training clubhouse because of bacterial concerns. That is not a metaphor, by the way, the Phillies have legitimate reasons to be concerned about the spread of MRSA.

These are your 2014 Philadelphia Phillies, folks, and it's still March.

Infielder Fredy Galvis is being hospitalized because of a staph infection is his left knee, the result of a bruise he got sliding into a base. Those don't just turn into staph infections on the regular, so the Phillies are cleansing the clubhouse since other players are sick too, according to Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News:

Meanwhile, Domonic Brown was out of the lineup for the third straight game while battling flu-like symptoms and top prospect Maikel Franco was sent home sick on Friday. Amaro said the clubhouse will be disinfected later today.

MRSA — which infected the Tampa Bay Buccaneers locker room last NFL season — is scary and dangerous because it's a heightened version of a staph infection that is resistant to antibiotics. Given the other injuries the Phillies are fighting (Cole Hamels, for example) and the feud between Jimmy Rollins and manager Ryne Sandberg, the Phillies certainly don't need an outbreak in the clubhouse.

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