Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Raul Ibanez Expected to Play Despite Thumb Injury

Outfielder Raul Ibanez left the Mariners clubhouse with his right thumb heavily wrapped after injuring it diving for a ball during Tuesday's 5-1 loss to Minnesota. However, Ibanez predicted he would miss no time. Ibanez's thumb was struck by a ball hit off the bat of Twins catcher Joe Mauer. Ibanez dove for it but missed.