December 22, 2014
Los Angeles Angels shortstop Erick Aybar has left a game against the New York Yankees after getting hit in the jaw by a deflected throw.
The slick-fielding Aybar was covering second base on Derek Jeter's first-inning steal attempt Saturday when catcher Mike Napoli's throw bounced and caromed off Jeter's helmet into the left side of Aybar's face.
Aybar stayed face down in the dirt for a few moments before walking off the field with the help of a trainer. He was taken to see Yankees team dentist Dr. Scott Levy.
Maicer Izturis replaced Aybar at shortstop for the Angels, who already have seven players - including six pitchers - on the disabled list.
Jeter, safe on the play, was shaken up but remained in the game.