SAN FRANCISCO -- Manager Charlie Manuel chose to start Ben Francisco in left field over Raul Ibanez against Giants left-hander Jonathan Sanchez on Monday.

Ibanez is hitting .224 with one home run and eight RBIs in 18 games.

"Raul is swinging better," Manuel said. "Raul is trying to get going. He's been having better at-bats. Raul doesn't like it when he sits."

Valdez gets another start at short

SAN FRANCISCO -- Phillies manager Charlie Manuel on Monday started Wilson Valdez for the second consecutive game at shortstop.

Juan Castro has soreness in his left hamstring. Castro said he told Manuel he could play, but Manuel said he liked what he saw Sunday from Valdez in Arizona.

Kendrick expected to start Friday

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Phillies have not announced any of their starters past Wednesday, when Cole Hamels pitches the series finale against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. Manager Charlie Manuel said he has not discussed the rotation with pitching coach Rich Dubee, but said he expects right-hander Kyle Kendrick to start Friday in the series opener against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park.

Right-hander Joe Blanton also could rejoin the rotation this weekend. He makes his third rehab start Wednesday for Double-A Reading.

Lidge's rehab outing rained out

SAN FRANCISCO -- Closer Brad Lidge had been scheduled to make a rehab appearance Monday for Double-A Reading, but the game was postponed because of rain.