February 19, 2010 |
The Angels avoided arbitration with shortstop Erick Aybar , who agreed to a one-year, $2.05-million contract Thursday, but they could not avoid it with catcher Jeff Mathis , who missed Thursday's workout to attend his hearing in St. Petersburg, Fla. Mathis, an agile defender who hit .211 with five home runs and 28 runs batted in last season, asked for a salary of $1.3 million; the Angels countered with an offer of $700,000. A decision is expected Friday. Aybar, who hit .312 with five homers and 58 RBIs last season and developed into one of baseball's better defensive shortstops, asked for $2.75 million in arbitration, while the Angels countered with $1.8 million.
June 15, 2010 |
The Angels are keeping their fingers crossed that shortstop Erick Aybar did not seriously injure his left knee when Casey McGehee of the Milwaukee Brewers slid into him Monday. The Angels sent Aybar for an MRI examination Tuesday, hoping his recovery time might be measured in days instead of weeks. "We're optimistic he'll be back," Manager Mike Scioscia said. "The time frame will be determined by the results of the exam. Hopefully, it will be something minor, and we'll talk about when we can get him back in the lineup."
February 21, 2009 |
There were no nightmares, no endless replays in his head of the Manny Delcarmen fastball that missed his bat on that fateful suicide-squeeze attempt in Fenway Park last October. Angels shortstop Erick Aybar reported to camp Friday with a clear conscience, determined not to let his ninth-inning miscue in Game 4 of the American League division series against the Boston Red Sox mar his second full season in the big leagues.
May 1, 2010 |
— The Angels committed two more errors Saturday, giving them five in the first two games against the Tigers, but the one that led to Detroit's score-tying unearned run in the fifth inning seemed more a mental mistake than a physical error. Johnny Damon doubled to lead off the inning, and Magglio Ordonez followed with a sharp grounder to shortstop Erick Aybar . The speedy Damon took off for third, the ball rolling behind him as it headed for Aybar, but instead of throwing to first for a sure out, Aybar, an aggressive and at times acrobatic defender with a very strong arm, threw to third.
May 19, 2010 |
Erick Aybar provided a major lift for the Angels last season, hitting a team-best .312 while playing stellar defense at shortstop. One year later, his defense is still superb. His offense? What a drag. Aybar has struggled mightily since taking over Chone Figgins' leadoff spot, contributing to the Angels' season-long offensive woes. He is hitting .207 since April 18 after going two for five Tuesday during the Angels' 8-7 loss to Texas at the Ballpark in Arlington, dropping his average from .298 to .236.
April 10, 2013 |
Erick Aybar appears headed to the disabled list because of a bruised left heel the shortstop said "hurt a lot more" Wednesday than it did Tuesday night, when his heel hit the front of the bag as he lunged to beat out an infield single. "Today, it's more sore," Aybar, who was awaiting results of an MRI test and X-rays Wednesday night, said through an interpreter. "I'm not sure if anything is broken. I just know it hurts right now. I'm pretty worried. I want to play and help the team win. I don't like to miss games.
May 27, 2013 |
The umpire whose disputed call haunted the Angels on Monday said he stood by it after taking a look at replays after the game. With one out in the eighth inning and Erick Aybar on first base representing the tying run, Mike Trout flied out to deep right field. Aybar, running on the play, had rounded second base and had to scamper back to first. Dodgers right fielder Andre Ethier threw to first baseman Adrian Gonzalez , who reached out to tag Aybar. Gary Darling , the plate umpire, had charged up the first base line and called Aybar out. Darling said he didn't see any daylight between the glove and the runner.
December 9, 2009 |
The chances of trading Erick Aybar are remote, but General Manager Tony Reagins did not rule out the possibility of dealing the highly touted shortstop, an apparent philosophical shift that could make the Angels front-runners for Toronto ace Roy Halladay . It was reported last summer that Aybar was the sticking point in talks with the Blue Jays about Halladay: Toronto wanted Aybar badly; the Angels refused to part with him. Not necessarily so,...
June 14, 2010 |
You won't find Angels vs. Milwaukee in the heavyweight division of baseball rivalries with Yankees vs. Red Sox and Dodgers vs. Giants; Monday night marked the first time the Angels and Brewers had met since 2004. But there seemed to be some tension between the teams after Milwaukee's Casey McGehee took out Angels shortstop Erick Aybar with a hard and questionable slide into second base in the seventh inning of the Brewers' 12-2 victory in Angel Stadium. When Aybar, whose left knee bore the brunt of the collision, had to be helped off the field, it appeared a team that lost first baseman Kendry Morales to a season-ending broken leg May 29 might lose another key infielder for an extended period.