Angels Sticking with Slumping Raul Ibanez

Denis Poroy/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Los Angeles Angels' outfielder Raul Ibanez can't seem to snap out of his season-long funk, but the Angels don't plan on sending him to the bench.

Ibanez is in his 19th season in Major League Baseball, and at 42 years old, is the second-oldest player in baseball.

In 57 games this season, Ibanez is batting just .157 with three home runs and 21 RBIs.

With the team calling up prospect C.J. Cron, some are wondering why he doesn't take Ibanez's place as the team's designated hitter. Manager Mike Scioscia is sticking with the veteran.

"There’s no doubt he’s making some strides in the batter’s box, and you’re seeing better swings," Scioscia told the Los Angeles Times. "The bottom line is production. Nobody understands that better than Raul. He knows he needs to have better at-bats. Nobody is working harder than Raul, and we’re confident he’s going to contribute for us."

Despite the lack of production for Ibanez, the Angels are fourth in Major League Baseball in runs scored.


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