John Mayberry Jr. got another start in left field for the Phillies on Monday night as Raul Ibanez continued to recover from a left groin injury. "I thought about playing Raul," manager Charlie Manuel said before the game against the Cincinnati Reds. "But I talked to [head athletic trainer] Scott Sheridan and he feels Raul needs to move around some in the outfield first. We want to see how he can run first." Ibanez, who has not started a game since Aug. 21, did some running and agility drills in the outfield before the game. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Ibanez responded positively. "He ran well," Amaro said. "He's pretty close." Even before Ibanez was injured, Mayberry had taken over a good chunk of playing time in left field. Mayberry entered Monday night's game hitting .308 with a combined on-base and slugging percentage of 1.008 since the all-star break. In the same span, Ibanez hit .231 with a .671 OPS. Manuel is reluctant to say how he will handle assignments in left field for the rest of the season, but it has become clear in recent weeks that the job has become a platoon. Manuel did say he will use Mayberry occasionally in center field to give Shane Victorino a rest. The Phillies were set to begin a stretch of 33 games in 31 days on Monday night.
Mayberry still in Phils' lineup as Ibanez heals
CSN Philly | Aug 30