Victorino Still Trails, Ibanez Back By Friday
MLB.com said in a news release that just two percentage points separates Victorino and Sandoval. Victorino apparently took the lead again last night, but lost the lead again this afternoon.
Voting runs through 4 p.m. tomorrow.
The Tigers and Phillies have teamed up to get Victorino and Brandon Inge selected, which could be a good thing for the Phillies because Inge just pulled into the lead in the American League’s Final Vote.
Even if Victorino doesn’t win the Final Vote, he has a good chance at making the team. Carlos Beltran officially is off the roster because of an injury. Fans voted Beltran as a starter, which is important. If Beltran had made the team on the player ballot, Manuel would have to choose the next highest player on the player ballot. But because Beltran won the fan vote, it is believed he can choose whomever he wishes.
Charlie Manuel said on a conference call earlier today that Raul Ibanez could play Friday night against the Pirates. Ibanez will workout with the Phillies today and play tomorrow for Triple-A Lehigh Valley, which would be his final rehab appearance.
Assuming things go well for Ibanez over the weekend against the Pirates, he likely would play in the All-Star Game on Tuesday in St. Louis.