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Aybar leaves Angels game with injury

Posted on: June 15, 2010 1:46 am
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:22 am
Erick Aybar The hits just keep on coming for the Angels, who lost shortstop Erick Aybar for what could be an extended period of time on Monday.

Aybar left the Angels' game against the Brewers after Casey McGehee executed a takeout slide, causing Aybar to go down in a heap. He was able to hobble off while putting a little weight on the leg, which is encouraging news.

McGehee was on base after being hit by a pitch, likely in retaliation for teammate Randy Wolf's plunking of two Angels. McGehee was less than pleased with being plunked and his takeout slide of Aybar sparked uproar.

The Angels' official website said that Aybar suffered an hyperextended left knee. It is unknown how long Aybar will be out, but a DL stint is not out of the question as most injuries of this type require a period of rest. It is also possible that Aybar tore his ACL, which can happen on more forceful hyperextensions, but the severity of the injury has yet to be reported.

The injury to Aybar is the latest injury to befall a team struggling to deal with the losses of key players in free agency as well as the freak injury to Kendry Morales celebrating a walkoff grand slam. Reports have linked the Angels to Paul Konerko as a way to replace some thump in the offense, but even Konerko can't help the Angels with the loss of Aybar. He was hitting .272/.336/.352 on the season over 261 at-bats.

Maicier Izturis figures to slide over to third, leaving a vacancy open that Kevin Frandsen and Brandon Wood will likely fill. Wood is on the disabled list but will come off it at some point soon -- perhaps even switching places with Aybar -- and will try to reverse his struggles that have seen him go from a former top prospect to a bust.

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Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: June 15, 2010 4:26 pm

Aybar leaves Angels game with injury

Torii Hunter even made a comment and said the slide was fair. I think the writers are making a big deal about it, not the Angels team.

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: June 15, 2010 4:15 pm

Aybar leaves Angels game with injury

It is understandable for fans and announcers of the Angels to be bitter and feel that McGehee is a cheap shot artist.  However, I watched it live last night and the replay about a dozen times this morning and still did not see anything that would indicate the slide was anything but a clean, hardnosed play.

Since: Feb 4, 2008
Posted on: June 15, 2010 12:40 pm

Aybar leaves Angels game with injury

McGehee ran to first base and never looked like he was not pleased at all.   That was a good  hard slide and he was dead on with the base.   Maybe if the first baseman didn't make such a crappy throw, his shortstop wouldn't of been hung out to dry and so vulnerable.
The only people making a big deal of it are apparently the Angels announcers, that must not be an intelligent group, because they had access to replay and could see exactly what happen.

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