Aybar went 2-for-4 with a pair of stolen bases in Wednesday's 13-7 loss to Arizona. The 33-year-old is still getting it done on the basepaths, reaching double-digit steals for the eighth time in his 12-year career. Aybar has started 13 of the 16 games he has appeared in since returning from the disabled list Sept. 1, providing deep-league value over that span (.278 with a home run and three steals).
Aybar went 3-for-5 with a triple, an RBI and two runs scored in Friday's 10-6 win over the Diamondbacks. The veteran shortstop has started six of the Padres' last seven games despite the club being well out of contention. Aybar has gone 8-for-26 with three extra-base hits over that span, giving him deep-league appeal as long as he continues to see regular playing time.
Aybar will start at shortstop and bat second Monday against the Cardinals. Aybar was expected to see a reduced role in the final month of the season after being reinstated from the 10-day disabled list Friday, but he'll earn a third consecutive start Monday after providing a two-run home run a day earlier. Yangervis Solarte has been a fixture in the lineup of late as a roving utility man, so in order to clear a regular spot for him, one of Aybar, second baseman Carlos Asuaje and third baseman Cory Spangenberg will likely sit out every contest. It will be Asuaje's turn to take a seat Monday, allowing Aybar to maintain his spot in the starting nine.
Aybar got the nod at short Sunday, going 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in a 6-4 win over the Dodgers. Aybar was able to get in the starting lineup on consecutive days due to Saturday's doubleheader and Cory Spangenberg's rest day on Sunday; he went 4-for-8 over that span. The majority of the 33-year-old's .234/.302/.364 slash line was accumulated as a starter at the beginning of the season, but he will likely be limited to a start or two per week as a backup infielder down the stretch.
Aybar was used as a pinch hitter Friday, failing to reach base in a 1-0 loss to the Dodgers. It was the veteran shortstop's first action since going on the disabled list with a broken foot July 22. The Padres' infield has become a little more crowded since Aybar was sidelined, so he will likely be used sparingly as the club takes a look at younger options in the final month of the season.
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