The start of Spring Training is just over two weeks away, but left-fielder Raul Ibanez is already ready.
Ibanez has been working out with strength and conditioning trainer Steve Saunders at the Power Train Sports Institute in Cherry Hill since November. Saunders is known for his work in preparing college football players for the NFL combine and has worked with such players as Brent Celek, Todd Herremans, Hines Ward and James Harrison. Ibanez, who hit .275/.349/.444 with 16 homers and 83 RBIs last season, is well over a year removed from sports hernia surgery. The 38-year-old outfielder started the 2010 season slowly, but turned it on in the second half, hitting .309/.375/.494 after the All-Star break. He is a free agent after the season.