Scioscia has faith in Aybar's focus

Scioscia has faith in Aybar's focus

ANAHEIM -- Angels shortstop Erick Aybar got the day off against the Rays on Wednesday in favor of Brandon Wood, but Angels manager Mike Scioscia insisted it wasn't punishment for Aybar forgetting how many outs there were in the second inning of Tuesday's 10-3 loss.

Aybar caught a pop fly in that inning, but thought it was the third out, allowing B.J. Upton to tag up and score on the play and John Jaso to tag second and advance to third. But Scioscia said Aybar simply needed rest on Wednesday, as he's started every game but one at shortstop since July 30.

"I think Erick's been playing a lot," Scioscia said. "It's just a good time today with the day off tomorrow to try and reset him a little bit and refresh him."

Scioscia did say he had a conversation with Aybar about his mental mistake on Tuesday, but that he isn't worried about Aybar suffering from a lack of focus moving forward.

"Any time a player loses track of a situation, it could be a variety of causes, but a lack of focus is usually the one," Scioscia said. "I think it's obvious that when something like that happens, it's a mental mistake, and you have to get to the root of it. So maybe a guy needs a day off and is grinding too much, or maybe it's just something you turn the page on."