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Erick Aybar | Shortstop | #1

Team: Atlanta Braves
Age / DOB:  (32) / 1/14/1984
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 195
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2002 / UDFA / LAA
Contract: view contract details
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Braves placed SS Erick Aybar on the 15-day disabled list with a right foot contusion.
Aybar suffered the injury when he was drilled by an Adam Conley offering during Friday's game. Rather than rush him back into action, the club will give Aybar ample time to heal. Daniel Castro should handle the bulk of the action at shortstop while he's sidelined. May 28 - 12:10 PM

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The Braves plan to re-evaluate Erick Aybar (foot) on Saturday.

Aybar was forced to leave Friday's game after he was hit in the foot by a pitch. While X-rays came back negative, the Braves will ensure that he's ready to go before returning to the lineup. Expect to see Daniel Castro at shortstop on Saturday.
May 28 - 9:53 AM

Erick Aybar is listed as day-to-day after leaving Friday's game against the Marlins with a foot contusion.

Aybar was pulled after getting hit on the foot by a pitch from Adam Conley in the fourth inning. He may sit out on Saturday as a precaution, but expect him to return to the field before the weekend is through.
May 27 - 10:01 PM

Erick Aybar was removed from Friday's game against the Marlins in the fifth inning after he was hit in the ankle by a pitch from Adam Conley.

Aybar remained in the game to run the bases for himself, but was replaced by Daniel Castro defensively to begin the next inning. It would appear as though his exit was precautionary, but expect an update from the Braves on his status shortly.
May 27 - 9:04 PM

Erick Aybar went 1-for-3 with a bunt single and a walk in his return to action Friday against the Phillies.

Aybar sat out Thursday’s game after getting a chicken bone caught in his throat. Fortunately, he’s fine and should be good to go moving forward. The 32-year-old is hitting just .178 with a .423 through his first 39 games this season, so this year hasn’t been very kind to him so far.
May 20 - 10:47 PM

Erick Aybar was taken to the hospital Thursday after getting a chicken bone stuck in his throat.

Obviously he won't be starting against Pittsburgh in the series finale. The Braves own the NL's worst record by a wide margin and aren't getting any breaks right now, even in the lunch room. Daniel Castro will get the nod at shortstop on Thursday night. Aybar is day-to-day.
May 19 - 5:40 PM

Erick Aybar went 0-for-4 and struck out three times Wednesday against the Red Sox.

With his below average defense at shortstop, .138 average and one RBI in 75 at-bats, Aybar is on the short list for baseball's worst regular to date. Still, he's not really this bad and there's little reason for the Braves to move on, even if Daniel Castro is better defensively. He'll get hot eventually, and once it happens, the Braves will quickly seek to trade him.
Apr 27 - 11:55 PM

MLB.com's Mark Bowman writes that the Braves could move Erick Aybar to second base if he "continues to struggle."

Aybar has had trouble defensively and is also off to a 3-for-15 start at the plate. If he's moved to second, Daniel Castro would be promoted to play shortstop and Jace Peterson would presumably move to the bench. Aybar is making $8.5 million this season in the final year of his contract.
Apr 10 - 12:09 PM

The Cardinals have not approached the Braves about trading for Erick Aybar.

GM John Coppolella said earlier this week it would take a "significant" offer for the Braves to part with Aybar. For now, the Cardinals seem more inclined to pursue Ruben Tejada, who the Mets have already expressed a willingness to trade. The Cardinals need someone to fill in for Jhonny Peralta (thumb) at shortstop but it doesn't look like Aybar is someone they're considering.
Mar 12 - 8:49 PM

According to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, it would take a "significant" offer for the Braves to trade Erick Aybar to the Cardinals.

Aybar is in the last year of his contract and the Cardinals are desperate for shortstop help now that Jhonny Peralta is out for the next 2-3 months with a torn ligament in his thumb. That would seem to make the Braves and Cardinals a perfect match, but Atlanta GM John Coppolella isn't eager to make a move. "We need to win more games this year," said Coppolella. "So we’re very happy to hold onto Erick Aybar." Unless they get an offer this spring that blows them away, it looks like the Braves will wait until closer to the trade deadline to begin shopping the 32-year-old.
Mar 9 - 4:01 PM

Erick Aybar went 3-for-3 with a double and an RBI against the Phillies on Friday.

Aybar looks like a No. 2 hitter, so he probably will open the season batting second for the Braves. So what if he had a .301 OBP last year and hasn't finished at better than .324 since 2009.
Mar 4 - 6:21 PM

Braves acquired SS Erick Aybar, LHP Sean Newcomb, RHP Chris Ellis and cash from the Angels for SS Andrelton Simmons and C Jose Briceno.

Aybar may eventually be flipped to another team in need of a shortstop, as the Braves don't appear ready to contend in 2016 and the 31-year-old is in the final year of his deal. Aybar batted .270/.301/.338 this past season and could help a club with a hole up the middle.
Thu, Nov 12, 2015 08:29:00 PM

A source tells Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports that Erick Aybar is part of the Braves' package for Andrelton Simmons.

It would make sense, as the Angels no longer would have a need for the 31-year-old shortstop with Simmons in town. Aybar hit .270/.301/.338 and will be a free agent after the 2016 season.
Thu, Nov 12, 2015 06:47:00 PM

Erick Aybar had a double, a triple, and three RBI in five at-bats as the Angels beat the Athletics on Tuesday.

Aybar ripped a two-run triple in the fourth inning, putting the Halos up 6-0. He tacked on an RBI double in the eighth inning to make it 8-1. Aybar has had a subpar year offensively, batting .270/.301/.336 with 42 RBI, but he now has 30 doubles for the fifth season in a row.
Wed, Sep 30, 2015 01:53:00 AM

Erick Aybar will bat leadoff Thursday against the Twins.

It will be his first time in the leadoff spot since June 17. Aybar has really struggled this season, but he gets a boost in DFS value. Kole Calhoun will remain in the No. 2 spot in the order.
Thu, Sep 17, 2015 05:17:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1A.J. Pierzynski
2Tyler Flowers
1B1Freddie Freeman
2B1Kelly Johnson
2Daniel Castro
3Chase d'Arnaud
SS1Erick Aybar
3B1Gordon Beckham
2Adonis Garcia
LF1Mallex Smith
2Hector Olivera
CF1Ender Inciarte
RF1Nick Markakis
2Jeff Francoeur
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Julio Teheran
2Matt Wisler
3Williams Perez
4Michael Foltynewicz
5Manny Banuelos
6Aaron Blair
7Jesse Biddle
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Arodys Vizcaino
2Jim Johnson
3Alexi Ogando
4Eric O'Flaherty
5Hunter Cervenka
6Bud Norris
7Ian Krol
8Joel de la Cruz
9Ryan Weber
10Paco Rodriguez
11Daniel Winkler
12Andrew McKirahan