“When Raul Ibanez dove for a ball in the first inning Saturday, it looked gruesome. His left wrist bent so far backward that his glove flew off as the ball fell out for a single. But Ibanez shook it off and later hit a home run to tie the game in the seventh inning.
After the game, Ibanez had an X-ray. It was negative, but the soreness was enough for [Phillies manager] Charlie Manuel to scratch Ibanez from his lineup Sunday.
Ibanez is optimistic he can play Tuesday in Florida.
“I banged it up pretty good there,” Ibanez said before Sunday’s 11-inning win over Washington.
The leftfielder did not take batting practice. In Manuel’s original lineup, he was supposed to hit second and play left. After arriving at the ballpark, Ibanez had his left wrist and thumb wrapped in ice. Manuel decided he couldn’t go.
Manuel had planned to give rookie Domonic Brown the day off against another lefthanded starter, but Ibanez’s injury inserted Brown into the lineup in right. He was 1 for 5 with an RBI single.
It’s an inopportune time for Ibanez to sit out. He is riding a 10-game hitting streak and hit .337 with a .952 OPS in the month of July.
Ibanez, always a streaky hitter, appears to be heating up.
Manuel said he didn’t even consider using Ibanez as a pinch-hitter in [the Phillies] Sunday’s 6-4 win. With Monday’s off day, Ibanez has two days in a row to rest the wrist.
“It’s all right,” Ibanez said before Sunday’s game. “I’ll be all right by Tuesday.””
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