Ibanez on the DL
The Phillies placed him on the 15-day disabled list today with a strained left groin, which has been bothering him off-and-on since April. He will have a MRI later today.
Outfielder John Mayberry Jr. has been recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to take his place.
“It really wasn’t that much of an issue for him until more recently,” Ruben Amaro Jr. said.
Obviously, this is a blow to the Phillies lineup. He is hitting .312 with 22 homers and 59 RBIs, but he has been struggling at the plate recently.
Ibanez also has been bothered with a sore left Achilles, but Amaro said the Achilles “is pretty well resolved” and unrelated to the groin injury.
Is Ibanez expected to miss just 15 days?
“I don’t know,” Amaro said. “It could be longer. But it’s to the point where we need to shut him down and make sure we get him healthy. …. We’ll find out as he goes through his rehab and does the things that he needs to do to get it calmed down. We’ll monitor him every day. We’ll see how he feels. Hopefully he’ll heal properly and he’ll be ready in 15 days. That’s the plan. That’d be great, but I don’t know if that’s going to happen.
“He was not pleased with it. I know he wants to play. But I think, just like in (Brad Lidge‘s) situation, we kind of have to see the forest through the trees here. He stood a chance to really damage the groin if he continues to play on it. And if he does that he could be out for a very, very long period of time. That just doesn’t make any sense for us to do that.”
Ibanez is expected to speak after the game.
Brad Lidge threw 42 pitches in a bullpen session today. He said he feels good. He could begin a rehab assignment tomorrow with Double-A Reading. He could make another appearance with Reading on Sunday. If that goes well, he could be ready for next week’s series against the Rays in Tampa.
“Those two outings need to go really good,” Lidge said. “If they do I can come off maybe on Tuesday. If I still need a little more time I might do another rehab outing, maybe on Tuesday.”
Former Phillies general manager Pat Gillick, special assistant to the GM Charley Kerfeld and director of major league scouting Gordon Lakey are here today, but not because a trade is imminent or anything. They’re getting their World Series rings, just like everybody else in the organization.
Joe Blanton‘s intro music is Brooks and Dunn’s Hillbilly Deluxe. Not that you were asking, but I was, so I thought I’d pass it along.