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Ibanez works out, benefits from extra time off

Ibanez works out, benefits from extra time off

Ibanez works out, benefits from extra time off
CINCINNATI -- Phillies left fielder Raul Ibanez did some outfield work before Monday's game against the Reds to further test the strain to his left groin. Ibanez missed three games last week and has not started since Aug. 21.

"[Sunday] I moved around and felt good," said Ibanez. "It's day by day."

The Phillies arrived in Cincinnati on Saturday, leaving Philadelphia ahead of Hurricane Irene. The extra off-days should be beneficial to Ibanez. With the Phillies facing 33 games in the next 31 days, they will need as many healthy bodies as possible. John Mayberry has been playing in left in Ibanez's absence.

"I was thinking about playing [Ibanez], today but at the same time, he needs some work in the outfield to see how much he can run," said manager Charlie Manuel. "I think if we need to give [Shane Victorino] some time off, John can play some center and he can play some right."

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