Aybar Recovering After Taking a Baseball to the Jaw

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

Erick Aybar held a bag full of ice in front of his face as he moved around the visitors' clubhouse before the Los Angeles Angels' game against the New York Yankees was rained out Sunday.

Each time a grinning teammate approached the shortstop, he lowered the bag to reveal his puffy mouth.

It could've been worse.

The slick-fielding Aybar was OK one day after a deflected throw struck him on the left side of his face during the Angels' 8-4 victory over New York.

"He has a swollen lip and is a little sore, which is understandable," manager Mike Scioscia said after Sunday's game was washed out. "I imagine that he'll be available tomorrow, but we'll see."

Aybar was covering second on Derek Jeter's first-inning steal attempt when catcher Mike Napoli's throw bounced and caromed off Jeter's helmet into 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. X-rays were negative, and Aybar received several sutures in his upper lip.

Jeter also was shaken up but remained in the game and said he was OK on Sunday.

The Angels also made a roster move after the rainout, sending right-hander Fernando Rodriguez to Triple-A Salt Lake. Rodriguez was charged with three runs, two earned, in his major league debut Saturday, recording two outs in the ninth inning.

Left-hander Darren Oliver is expected to be activated from the disabled list before the Angels' game at Oakland on Monday night. Oliver has been sidelined with a strained left triceps muscle.


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