Could Ibanez Need Surgery After the Season?

Thumbnail image for ibanez vs. atlanta.jpgRaul Ibanez has some Chase Utley in him.

Utley, who said this afternoon that his right foot and right hip are healthy, refused to discuss his hip injury last season — until after he had surgery in November. Ibanez, who spent time on the DL this season with a strained left groin, declined today to talk about a small muscle tear near his abdomen that has bothered him most of the season.

Sports Illustrated first reported the tear. On the team’s trip to Toronto in June, Ibanez had to decide between surgery and missing a large chunk of the season or spending a short time on the DL and playing the season hurt, SI wrote. Ibanez chose the latter, but asked about it today Ibanez sounded much like Utley last season.

“I’m fine. I’m doing fine,” Ibanez said. “That’s all stuff that’s in the past. I had spoken to the guy, but that’s stuff that’s kind of in the past. I don’t really even think about it. Look, I’m fine right now.”

So no surgery after the season?

“I don’t know,” he said. “We’ll see what happens. I’m not thinking past today right now, and I’m not thinking back the other way, either. But I’m doing fine. I’ve been fine for a while.”

SI wrote that Ibanez consulted with a neuromuscular specialist in Toronto and a surgeon in Philadelphia before he chose to skip surgery and try aggressive rehabilitation.

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. declined to comment about Ibanez’s muscle tear.


Charlie Manuel officially named Cliff Lee his Game 1 starter, but he would not commit to anybody for Game 2. Well, at least publicly he would not commit to anybody.


The Phillies held a simulated game this afternoon. Pedro Martinez, J.A. Happ, Chan Ho Park, Brett Myers, Kyle Kendrick, Antonio Bastardo, Clay Condrey and Tyler Walker all threw.


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I guess that explains Raul’s slight decline in the second half. Now, let’s figure out what’s wrong with Chase and Cole.

It was such a beautiful day in the city today, they could have sold tickets for that simulated game at ten bucks each and donated the money to charity. It would have been a nice going away party for the boys to let them know how much we’re rooting for them on Wednesday. It’s been a while since we’ve seen them!

Probably explains the performance decline. Too bad we’ll never know what would have been if he kept on his streak. I wonder how it’ll effect Taylor’s or Brown’s chances of making a significant amount of starts in 2010, even if Francisco is still around.

That simulated game may be a factor in who makes the WS bullpen roster.

phan: I hope not.

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