Raul Ibanez has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left groin strain. John Mayberry Jr. has been sent up from Lehigh Valley to take his roster spot. He will start in today’s series-closing game.
UPDATE (11:18 a.m.): The groin has been bothering Ibanez since April, and is unrelated to the Achilles injury. He will have an MRI today, and Ruben Amaro Jr. said Ibanez could be out longer than 15 days.
Opinion: Fine. Let him rest until the All Star game. I don’t care if he plays or not. Get him healthy for the second half. Something tells me the Achilles contributed to the groin, or vice versa. Either way, get him healthy.