Ibanez on the DL

ibanez vs. atlanta.jpgRaul Ibanez
is hurt.

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.


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That’s just great. We better not see Bruntlett out there.

Mayberry gets a second chance to show us why he deserves to be on the team now. We get a chance to show other teams why they want Mayberry as part of a deal for a starting pitcher. Rauuul hurry back, and get a better shoe next time please!! Going to be a long 15 days

Oh RAUUUL! Get well soon! Hope Mayberry can show his stuff in the meantime.

Last night’s game was brutal to watch. The team looked so dull and a bit listless. Hope they snap out of their funk today!

Ibanez hit a ball up the middle last night with Howard on first that the SS made a great play on. It took him a while to get the ball to second so I thought Raul had a chance to beat the relay. It wasn’t even close. Didn’t register at the time that there might be a problem.

I’m 0-3 at CBP this year. I’m sticking to TV for a while, especially after that snooze fest last night.

Well the Mutts have had their injuries, now it’s our turn. Let’s see if we can hold the division lead. At least we spend a good part of Raul’s time on the road, since we have so much trouble at home. I would suggest “Walk this Way” for the relief pitchers intro, it seems to suit them lately.

I’m concerned that while Lidge may feel fine today, having had many cortisone shots over the years for knee injuries (after clean MRI’s), I also felt great and played (catcher) right after. Then the cortisone wore off and I utimatetly had to have surgery. Cortisone is great stuff, makes you feel like you’re 100%, but you can do more damage to your knee after the shot, because it can mask symptoms while you are beating your knee to death. Certainly I’m no doctor, but his long term prognosis may be suspect. Just saying, this may not be the end of his knee issues thsi season. Hope it is.

I understand that the bullpen is tired, but how many times can the offense come from behind? I think it’s time to just throw away some games on purpose. Bring in Kendrick, Carrasco, Drebek, whoever and let them pitch and give up 100 runs. Than maybe this bullpen will be able to pitch. Also, Barajas thoroughly sucked when he played in CBP as a Philly. Since then he has killed us as a Bluejay. Same with Helms and Paulino with the Fish.

That was a hard game to watch on ESPN Gamecast. I can’t imagine watching that at CPB. 13-19 at home. Worse if you don’t include the Nat games. I admire all of you guys who pay so much money in these unsure economic times to go see the Phils lose in person. So many sellouts. So much enthusiasm and support. At times like this, I ‘m glad I live in LA. Just like I wrote yesterday, this team somehow finds a way to lose at home. HERE COME THE MET FANS……….

The best thing that came out of this humiliating series is that there won’t be anymore idiots screaming for Madsen to be the permanent closer. Hopefully, he hasn’t been psychologically scarred for the season. He has learned a valuable lesson, and so has his agent. Good luck restoring his confidence, Charlie.

A small glimmer of hope today with Rollins and Mayberry hitting the long ball. Also gotta give props to Werth for also hitting another HR against the Jays. Let’s hope they can sweep the O’s this weekend and we can all take some comfort in the fact that they hit the road again next week!?!?

Werth now has 3 homers in his last 4 games.

The Phils have always played horribly in Business Person Specials. I wonder what their record is in those games since they opened the Bank? I was telling a friend at lunch today that they ALWAYS lose the BPS, and sure enough, they proved me right again. Can we petition the league to play all of our games on the road?

I don’t think anybody wanted Chollie to replace Lidge with Madson. I think it was more a case of people thinking the Phillies were secure in case they needed him to fill in. I still think he can, but he’s taken quite a dent in his confidence. The bottom line is that this team needs Lidge back in a big way, they need another starter and maybe they have the righthanded bat.

My son had a great idea for how to solve the Phils woes at CBP……….
Put the team up in the Holiday Inn, next door. And have them wear their grey uniforms on the field. Then they’ll think they’re at an away game. And win!

Norma, have you ever been in that Holiday Inn? They won’t think they are just on the road. They’ll think they are on the road in A ball.

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