Aybar set to rejoin Angels; Kazmir throws again

BY foxsports • April 20, 2011

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.



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