First Lidge, now Ibanez.
After losing twice to the Toronto Blue Jays — making themselves the first NL East team the Jays were able to beat this season — the Phils pulled their most productive player out of the line-up.
In the midst of his career-topping year, the current hometown favorite has been suffering from groin problems that led management to force Ibanez onto the 15-day disabled list. Though the player didn’t want to stop taking the field, he and others agreed the injury was affecting his play.
Replacing Ibanez — or rather standing in his spot — will be 25-year-old John Mayberry Jr. Mayberry did well when he was called up before and will likely get a little more time to prove he’s got major league chops before the irreplaceable Ibanez can run back into the outfield.