It has only been 11 days since Los Angeles Angels shortstop Erick Aybar has been off the disabled list. Unfortunately, the seven-year veteran strained his right hamstring in the fourth inning of Thursday’s contest against the Houston Astros. At this point, the Angels are hopeful that Aybar will not need another stint on the disabled list.
The 29-year-old was placed on the 15-day disabled list in early April with a bruised left heel. The last thing Los Angeles needs is for him to go back. Aybar needs to stay healthy so that he can gain some momentum on offense. The good news is that it appears he will only need some rest and nothing more for his hamstring to heal.
“You can’t do anything about it,” Aybar said after the series finale against the Astros, according to Angels.com. “Let’s see how I feel tomorrow.”
Brendan Harris took over for Aybar at shortstop Friday night in the series opener against the Chicago White Sox. The 32-year-old went 3-for-4 with one home run, one RBI and two runs in the 7-5 victory. At least if Aybar has to miss Saturday night’s contest as well, the Angels will be in good hands at the six spot.
Left-handed reliever Scott Downs was also injured in Thursday’s contest. He suffered a foot injury in the eighth inning, but it does not appear to be serious. Like Aybar, Downs will need a few days of rest before he takes the mound again.
Aybar is batting .273 with two RBI, five doubles and eight runs in 66 at-bats this season. He has recorded nine hits each as the leadoff hitter and the No. 2 spot in the batting order. However, the Angels have played him more in the leadoff spot so far this year.