Philadelphia Places Raul Ibanez on DL

Chris DiFrancescoAnalyst IJune 18, 2009

NEW YORK - JUNE 11: Raul Ibanez #29 of the Philadelphia Phillies celebrates his 3 run home run in the tenth inning with third base coach Sandy Alomar #2 against the New York Mets on June 11, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

The Phillies announced this morning that their star outfielder Raul Ibanez was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained groin.

Ibanez was a leader in All-Star votes and the game is scheduled for July 14.

Phillies have called up John Mayberry Jr. from Triple-A to take his place.

Ibanez is hitting .312 with 22 homers and 59 RBIs. He is second in the National League in both home runs and RBIs.

Manager Charlie Manuel noticed the issue last night.

"It looked like tonight when he hit that ball to shortstop he couldn't turn it on," Manuel said. "He kind of gimped. I saw that. It looked like it might have been bothering him."

This probably explains Ibanez's recent slump in which he hit .194 (6-for-31) in his past seven games.