Shocking news this morning. The Phillies Twitterazzi reports that Raul Ibanez is headed to the disabled list with a strained left groin. Outfielder John Mayberry Jr. has been summoned from Triple-A and will start in right field today, with Jayson Werth sliding over to left. Ibanez, who leads all outfielders in NL All-Star voting, is hitting .312/.371/.656 and is second in the league in homers (22) and RBIs (59), but had cooled off recently. Mayberry, who was called up briefly for the Phillies’ interleague series with the Yankees, was hitting .257/.338/.470 with 8 homers for Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Beerleaguer: Ibanez is a 37-year-old player, so while the news is surprising, we should be prepared for breakdowns during his tenure.