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Angels expect Aybar back this weekend

Angels expect Aybar back this weekend

ANAHEIM -- Angels shortstop Erick Aybar is expected to play this weekend against the Rockies at Angel Stadium, avoiding a trip to the 15-day disabled list. His left knee, injured on June 14, made it through an intensive workout on Thursday without any ill effects.

"I did everything today," said Aybar, who sprinted, did agility drills, took ground balls and went through a round of live batting practice after hitting in the cage. "I feel normal. If it was up to me, I'd play today."

It's up to manager Mike Scioscia when and how Aybar is used, and he was optimistic but noncommittal.

"I think he'll be available this weekend," Scioscia said. "Whether that's going to take the form of a guy coming off the bench or starting, we'll see. He had a great day today, and he'll run the bases tomorrow. He got a glowing report. He's smiling."

Aybar wasn't smiling after the Brewers' Casey McGehee rolled through him on a takeout slide at second base, Aybar's fully-extended legs leaving him exposed as he prepared to take a throw from first baseman Kevin Frandsen.

Aybar, hitting .382 in June with 12 hits in his past 27 at-bats, said he was worried that it was serious when it happened. But time, treatment and a pain-killing injection have brought relief.

"I'm ready to get back out there," he said.

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