Since then, Ibanez has hit .400 in limited duty, with a double, triple and home run in 10 at-bats, including a critical three-run blast in Friday's 6-3 win over the A's.
Thus, Wedge had the 40-year-old back in the lineup Saturday against another right-hander in Jarrod Parker, but will bring Jason Bay back on Sunday against southpaw Tommy Milone.
"We were forced to play everybody just a little bit too much early on there and I think that worked against us a little bit," Wedge said prior to Saturday's game. "But we were able to get Jason going a little bit and I feel like he's in a pretty good place, and I'd like to do the same thing with Raul.
"We'll get Jason back in there tomorrow. Just trying to run that balance. But obviously Raul had a big hit for us last night and has been swinging the bat better in BP, and the double the other night. This was a good chance to get him back in there."
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