Phillies outfielder Raul Ibanez was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left groin strain, which clearly hampered him during last night's loss.

OF John Mayberry was recalled from Triple A.

General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. and the Phillies medical staff made the decision to place Ibanez on the DL after watching him struggle to move in last night's loss to the Blue Jays. While chasing a foul ball early in the game he looked as if he were running in quick sand, he he was noticably hampered later in the game when running out a ground ball.

Amaro said the groin, which is a different issue than the sore achilles he battled recently, has bothere Ibanez since April, but that it had reached a point where the team feared that he would do serious damage to it if he cintinued to play.

The Phillies have not conducted an MRI on the groin, although one could be forthcoming.

Amaro said he didn't know how long Ibanez would be sidelined. The Phillies hope it will only be 15 days, but Amaro said it could take longer.

"We'll find out as we go through rehab," Amaro said.


Brad Lidge could begin a rehab assignment this weekend if he feels 100 percent after throwing in the bullpen today, Amaro said.