Ibanez Is Happy and Healthy

ibanez vs. atlanta.jpgRaul Ibanez
, Ryan Howard and Shane Victorino arrived at camp today, which means almost everybody is here. I heard Jayson Werth is en route. I imagine the same holds true for Jimmy Rollins and Greg Dobbs.

Players must report by tomorrow for physicals with the first full-squad workout Tuesday.

Ibanez said he is feeling much better. He had sports hernia surgery Nov. 9 to repair a muscle tear in his abdomen. Charlie Manuel said he thought the injury affected Ibanez last season, although Ibanez downplayed it today. Ibanez hit .312 with 22 home runs, 59 RBIs and a .656 slugging percentage in 62 games through June 17, but batted .232 with 12 homers, 34 RBIs and a .448 slugging percentage in 72 games the rest of the regular season.

“It was me,” he said. “I should have been better. I should have been better. I should have played better. That has nothing to do with anything that I was feeling or anything like that. I could have still done it. Everybody has some discomfort at that point of the season anyway. I should have done better. That wasn’t me there at the end, and I’m looking to correct that.”

But Ibanez then said there is a big difference in how he feels today compared to how he felt.

“Obviously I feel a lot better now,” he said. “You kind of think that it’s going to go away and you’ll be able to play through it. We were able to finish the season and stuff like that, so it worked out all right. But it was going on for a long time, too. I was hurting in May and I was fine then. I was playing well then. It got to a point in June that it was obviously .. it was unbearable at that point.”

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