Raul Ibanez LF/DH KC 10 Months

Raul Ibanez went 0-for-4 as the Angels' cleanup man and designated hitter on Friday.

Ibanez is hitting just .149 through 87 at-bats, but since he's somehow managed 17 RBI anyway, the Angels aren't likely to cast him off anytime soon. He sure doesn't make it easy for anyone behind him to drive in runs, though.

Raul Ibanez LF/DH KC 10 Months

Raul Ibanez returned to action on Sunday, striking out as a pinch-hitter to make the final out of a loss to the Yankees.

Ibanez had been sidelined due to an illness, but was called upon to hit for Collin Cowgill with the tying run on second base with two outs in the ninth. Yankees closer David Robertson needed just four pitches to dispatch of him to end the game. It's likely that he'll return to his regular DH spot in the lineup for Monday's series opener against the Indians.

Raul Ibanez LF/DH KC 10 Months

Raul Ibanez is not in the Angels starting lineup for Sunday night's game against the Yankees due to illness

Ibanez also sat out Saturday's game with the ailment. He's hitting just .157/.224/.314 at the plate this season, so perhaps the Halos are better off without him in the lineup. David Freese will serve as the designated hitter on Sunday with Ian Stewart covering the hot corner.

Raul Ibanez LF/DH KC 10 Months

Raul Ibanez is not in the Angels starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Yankees.

It's just a day of rest against opposing southpaw Vidal Nuno. The 41-year-old is off to a brutal start at the plate, slashing just .157/.224/.314, yet has still been a capable run producer with three homers and 15 RBI in his first 20 games. Albert Pujols will get the start in the DH spot with Ian Stewart moving over to cover first base.

Raul Ibanez LF/DH KC 11 Months

Raul Ibanez blasted a two-run homer in an 8-3 loss to the Mariners on Tuesday.

Ibanez's first two games of the season represent an exaggerated synecdoche of what you can expect going forward: He's 2-for-8 with five strikeouts, a single and a round-tripper. The Angels aren't expecting much contact -- and are expecting zero defense -- from their one-year, $2.75 million investment, but are hoping he's brought the juice of last season's 29 homers south with him from the Pacific Northwest. Twenty-four of those bombs came in the first half, so the jury's still out on the 41-year-old's ability to stave off biology once more.

Raul Ibanez LF/DH KC 12 Months

Raul Ibanez went 1-for-2 with a solo home run against the Cubs on Tuesday.

Ibanez hit a solo homer off of Tsuyoshi Wada in the fourth inning, his second of the spring. The 41-year-old will hit out of the DH spot but may get some time in the field at first base and in left field.

Raul Ibanez LF/DH KC 12 Months

Raul Ibanez will get a chance to play first base in Monday's Cactus League contest against the Giants.

Aside from one game with the Phillies in 2010, Ibanez hasn't logged any time at first base since the 2005 season. If he or Kole Calhoun can prove to be capable as a backup to Albert Pujols there, the Angels will have far greater flexibility with their final bench spot.

Raul Ibanez LF/DH KC Dec 13 '79

Raul Ibanez went 2-for-3 with a solo home run against the Rangers on Tuesday.

The 42-year-old went deep for the first time this spring. Ibanez should primarily serve as the DH, but manager Mike Scioscia recently said the veteran could play at first base and left field. Obviously, Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton man those respective positions and will need a breather from time to time.

Raul Ibanez LF/DH KC Nov 30 '79

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Wednesday that he'd like Raul Ibanez to be able to play some left field and first base this season.

The Angels signed Ibanez with the idea of using him as their primary designated hitter, but Scioscia would like to see some versatility. Entering his age-42 season, it's probably best that we don't see him in the field very often.

Raul Ibanez LF/DH KC Oct 07 '79

Angels signed DH Raul Ibanez to a one-year, $2.75 million contract.

Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times passed along the contract details. Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register hears that he could make as much as $5 million if he reaches certain incentives. Ibanez, 41, put up 29 homers and a .793 OPS with the Mariners this past season. He should see most of his at-bats out of the DH spot with the Angels.