Ibanez back in lineup Friday against A’s
Playing time has been sparse for Raul Ibanez recently after a slow start to his season, but the veteran outfielder has made the most of his limited recent opportunities and manager Eric Wedge had him back in the lineup for Friday’s series opener with the A’s.
Ibanez is hitting just .180 in 61 at-bats and has started just twice in the last 12 games. But more has been less for the 40-year-old as he’s gone 3-for-7 in that limited role after losing playing time following a 1-for-23 slump.
“It’s fine,” Ibanez said of his playing situation. “I’m not really worried about it. You just stay ready and work on your craft and nothing really changes. You stay prepared to do your job.”
Wedge hasn’t forgotten about the 18-year veteran, who laced a pinch hit RBI double on Tuesday in Pittsburgh.
“I want to give him an opportunity,” Wedge said. “He hasn’t played a great deal lately. He played quite a bit early on, but we want to still give him an opportunity to get going. He had a big pinch hit for us the other night and had the one start on the road. I’m trying to get him back in there after an off day and hopefully he’ll do something to help us win the game.”
Ibanez has been in every situation in baseball, so trying to get sharp even while playing less doesn’t faze him.
“You just do it,” he said. “I don’t put a lot of thought into it. You just make it work. It’s pretty simple approach. Make it work.”
Here’s the full lineups for tonight’s 7:10 p.m. game: