07/10/09 7:38 PM ET
Phillies activate Ibanez from DL
Club loses Coste to waivers to make room for slugger
By David Gurian-Peck / MLB.com
Ibanez, who went 1-for-3 Thursday in his third and final Minor League rehab appearance, was not in the starting lineup in his return to big league action.
"I thought that he played yesterday, and he hadn't played here for a while," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "So I figured I'd sit him on the bench [Friday] and I might use him to pinch-hit or something."
Manuel plans to start Ibanez on Saturday and Sunday, and the manager expects the 37-year-old to participate in his first All-Star Game on Tuesday.
The Phillies signed Ibanez to a three-year contract worth over $30 million in the offseason, and thus far, he has thrived in Philadelphia. In 62 games before landing on the DL, the 14-year-veteran was hitting .312 with 22 home runs and 59 RBIs. He hit 23 homers in 707 at-bats last year, and his career high is 33 with the Mariners in 2006.
David Gurian-Peck is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.