A strained groin has sidelined early MVP candidate Raul Ibanez, and word is his recovery could take longer than 15 days pending the results of a scheduled MRI.
Now it's up to perennial MVP candidates like Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and slumping lead-off man Jimmy Rollins to pick up the slack starting this afternoon when Joe Blanton toes the rubber against Brad Mills and the Blue Jays. John Mayberry Jr. will need to step up, too, replacing Ibanez in the lineup and starting this afternoon in right field. The Phillies are hoping to salvage a game after a pair of flat efforts in the first two games of the series. The Phils lead by three games over the Mets in the NL East.