Friday, July 20, 2012
Raul ready to pay the toll Raul Ibanez said on Thursday night that he’s not worried about the toll playing the entire season in the outfield might take on his body. If he continues at his current pace, though, he’ll be in a select group of players to play that regularly in the outfield at his age.
Ibanez has played 54 games in the outfield through the Yankees first 93 games, a pace for 94 games by season’s end. If he plays 90 games, he’d be just the 10th player in history to play at least that many games in the outfield in his age 40 season or later.
Rickey Henderson and Stan Musial did it three times apiece. Barry Bonds and Steve Finley each did it twice. The others are Lou Brock, Hank Sauer, Johnny Cooney, Sam Rice and Jimmy Ryan.
After learning Thursday that Brett Gardner would likely be out for the rest of the season, manager Joe Girardi said he was comfortable finishing the season with a platoon of Ibanez and Andruw Jones.