Aybar set to rejoin Angels; Kazmir throws again

Erick Aybar will rejoin the Los Angeles Angels for their series

finale in Texas.

The Angels designated infielder Brandon Wood for assignment

after their 15-4 victory at Texas on Tuesday night, clearing a

roster spot for Aybar to be activiated from the disabled list.

Manager Mike Scioscia said Aybar would be in the starting lineup

Wednesday night.

Aybar has been out since April 3 because of a strained left

oblique. The infielder worked out with Salt Lake on Tuesday before

flying to Texas.

Wood, the Angels’ first-round pick in the 2003 draft, was

hitting only .143 in six games this season. He hit .168 with 11

home runs and 33 RBIs in 173 games for Los Angeles since his major

league debut in 2007.

Despite Wood’s struggles, Scioscia doesn’t expect the

26-year-old infielder to clear waivers.

”It was a tough decision. He’s one of our guys,” Scioscia

said. ”We have no roster flexibility. … There is really no way

out other than this to make room on our roster.”

If no one claims Wood, it could be possible that he would accept

an assignment to Triple-A Salt Lake.

Wood’s best season for the Angels was in 2008 when he hit .200

with five home runs in 55 games. He broke spring training last

season as the opening day third baseman, then hit only .146 with 10

errors in 81 games.

”He’s a great kid,” Scioscia said. ”We had high expectations

for Brandon. His expectations were higher than ours, and that could

be part of the dilemma.”

Also Tuesday, left-hander Scott Kazmir threw three innings in an

extended spring training game. Scioscia said Kazmir threw only

fastballs and that his velocity picked up during the outing.

Kazmir gave up five runs in 1 2-3 innings in his only start

before being sidelined by lower back soreness.