WASHINGTON -- Charlie Manuel's original lineup for Sunday's series finale here against the Nationals had Raul Ibanez batting second and playing leftfield. But once Ibanez arrived at Nationals Park this morning, he told the manager he couldn't go.
Ibanez has a sore left wrist after making a failed diving attempt to catch a blooper in the first inning of Saturday's loss. He was given an X-Ray after the game Saturday and it turned up negative. Still, Ibanez iced the wrist and thumb this morning and will sit out.
"It'll be all right," Ibanez said.
With an off day Monday before the series in Florida begins Tuesday, Manuel can give Ibanez two days in a row to rest the injury.