Friday, December 26, 2014

Mayberry optioned; Ibanez sits

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Some news on a cloudy Sunday morning: The Phillies optioned outfielder John Mayberry Jr. to minor-league camp. It should come as no surprise -- the outfield is set with three All-Star starters, a capable backup in Ben Francisco and two lefties (Greg Dobbs and Ross Gload) who can play the corners if needed. Mayberry hit .289 (11-for-38) this spring with three doubles, a home run and six RBI. He said he leaves camp with a good feeling. "All in all, I think it went pretty well," Mayberry said. "I'm happy with some of the improvements I made over the off-season. I think that I'm starting to see results as far as them transferring into games." Mayberry spent some time in the Mexican winter league -- where pitchers typically use more breaking balls -- and had success this off-season. When he was with the Phillies in 2009, Mayberry struck out in 40.3 percent of his at-bats. At triple-A Lehigh Valley, he struck out in 29.7 percent of his at-bats. This spring, Mayberry struck out seven times in 38 at bats, or 18.4 percent. Again, it's only Grapefruit League games, but it's an improvement. Now the Phillies will look to see Mayberry continue his improved plate discipline. "I'm feeling good about where I'm at right now," Mayberry said. "The team is pretty much set. This is a top-tier organization and the outfield is crowded with three All-Stars. You have to be realistic and realize that you just want to put yourself in the best position that you can so when they call on you, you'll be ready." IBANEZ SITS OUT Still icing his right elbow after being hit by a Royce Ring pitch on Friday night, Raul Ibanez said is not available to hit in today's game. Ibanez said it's just a bruise on his elbow. "I think I'm going to work out," Ibanez said. "We're taking it as a precaution." Ibanez, who is hitting .098 (4-for-41) this spring, said he expects to be back in the lineup on Monday. OTHER ROSTER MOVES The Phillies also reassigned catcher Dane Sardinha and infielder Ozzie Chavez to minor-league camp. That leaves 31 players left in big-league camp. The team heads north on Thursday after their final Grapefruit League game.

Mayberry optioned; Ibanez sits

ERIC MENCHER / Staff Photographer

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Some news on a cloudy Sunday morning:

The Phillies optioned outfielder John Mayberry Jr. to minor-league camp. It should come as no surprise -- the outfield is set with three All-Star starters, a capable backup in Ben Francisco and two lefties (Greg Dobbs and Ross Gload) who can play the corners if needed.

Mayberry hit .289 (11-for-38) this spring with three doubles, a home run and six RBI. He said he leaves camp with a good feeling.

"All in all, I think it went pretty well," Mayberry said. "I'm happy with some of the improvements I made over the off-season. I think that I'm starting to see results as far as them transferring into games."

Mayberry spent some time in the Mexican winter league  -- where pitchers typically use more breaking balls -- and had success this off-season. When he was with the Phillies in 2009, Mayberry struck out in 40.3 percent of his at-bats. At triple-A Lehigh Valley, he struck out in 29.7 percent of his at-bats.

This spring, Mayberry struck out seven times in 38 at bats, or 18.4 percent. Again, it's only Grapefruit League games, but it's an improvement. Now the Phillies will look to see Mayberry continue his improved plate discipline.

"I'm feeling good about where I'm at right now," Mayberry said. "The team is pretty much set. This is a top-tier organization and the outfield is crowded with three All-Stars. You have to be realistic and realize that you just want to put yourself in the best position that you can so when they call on you, you'll be ready."

IBANEZ SITS OUT

Still icing his right elbow after being hit by a Royce Ring pitch on Friday night, Raul Ibanez said is not available to hit in today's game.

Ibanez said it's just a bruise on his elbow.

"I think I'm going to work out," Ibanez said. "We're taking it as a precaution."

Ibanez, who is hitting .098 (4-for-41) this spring, said he expects to be back in the lineup on Monday.

OTHER ROSTER MOVES

The Phillies also reassigned catcher Dane Sardinha and infielder Ozzie Chavez to minor-league camp. That leaves 31 players left in big-league camp. The team heads north on Thursday after their final Grapefruit League game.

TODAY'S LINEUP

1. Jimmy Rollins 6
2. Placido Polanco 5
3. Chase Utley 4
4. Ryan Howard 3
5. Jayson Werth 9
6. Shane Victorino 8
7. Ben Francisco 7
8. Carlos Ruiz 2
9. Joe Blanton 1

Blanton starts and will be relieved by Ryan Madson, Antonio Bastardo and David Herndon.

Matt Gelb Inquirer Staff Writer
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