Ibanez gets first game off this season
Day of rest aids outfielder's sore left foot
PHILADELPHIA -- Raul Ibanez and Ryan Howard had been the only two Phillies to start every game this season.
He has been bothered the past few days with some soreness in his left Achilles area because of some ill-fitting shoes. He said the shoes have been fixed and he is fine.
"I noticed last night he was limping a little bit," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.
Ibanez said after a long week, which included three consecutive extra-inning games and a game Saturday that ended after midnight ET, he just needed a day off.
"It's nothing at all," he said.
Ibanez, who is hitting .322 with 22 home runs and 59 RBIs, had started 222 consecutive games before Sunday's 11-6 victory over the Red Sox.
"It's fine," he said. "It actually was fun [to sit]. I would have paid money to watch those guys play. This team is fun to watch. It worked out OK."
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.