Aybar exits game after hit by pitch

Aybar exits game after hit by pitch

Aybar exits game after hit by pitch
OAKLAND -- Erick Aybar left Tuesday's game against the A's with a right knee injury, suffered on a seventh-inning hit-by-pitch, but the Angels diagnosed it as a bruise and the switch-hitting shortstop isn't expected to miss any time.

Manager Mike Scioscia actually expects him to play on Wednesday afternoon.

"He'll be fine," Scioscia said after his club's 5-0 win at Oakland Coliseum. "We think he'll be OK tomorrow. It just hit him in a weird spot outside of his knee that got a little sore, a little numb, but he'll be OK."

With the bases loaded and two outs in the top of the seventh, Aybar was hit by a fastball from A's reliever Jim Miller, causing him to buckle to the ground in pain before walking gingerly off the field with help from the Angels' medical staff.

Aybar, signed to a four-year extension in mid-April, was batting only .230 on the year but came into Tuesday's game 9-for-18 in his previous four contests. Scioscia doesn't expect Aybar to undergo any X-rays.