Ibanez to (Finally) Begin Rehab Assignment
The Phillies said today that Ibanez will play in a rehab game tomorrow night for Double-A Reading. Assuming he suffers no setbacks, Ibanez could play in three or so rehab games before he returns to the lineup.
I’m guessing this weekend’s series against the Pirates isn’t out of the question.
And if he’s back and ready to play, he’ll be able to play in the All-Star Game.
“I don’t think that far ahead, really,” Ibanez said. “We’re still working to get back, and get back as soon as we can. There is a rehab game tomorrow, and that’s as far ahead as I’m thinking right now.”
Is he pain free?
“It’s good,” he said.
I’m sure some people will say, “Ibanez shouldn’t risk injuring his groin again by playing in the All-Star Game.” Here’s the thing: if he’s healthy enough to play before the break, the assumption is he’s healthy enough to play — for the Phillies, for the National League, for whomever. If he’s not healty enough to play before the break, the Phillies won’t play him.
“If I can’t do it here, then I’m not going to do it there,” he said. “The only way they’re going to turn me loose is if I can play. Period.”