Aybar, Downs exit early with injuries

Aybar, Downs exit early with injuries

HOUSTON -- Shortstop Erick Aybar and reliever Scott Downs each left Thursday's 6-5 win vs. the Astros with injuries and both are currently day to day.

Aybar, who returned from the disabled list nine days ago after missing three weeks with a bruised left heel, suffered tightness in his right hamstring while trying to leg out a slow roller to second base to lead off the fourth inning. Brendan Harris replaced him in the bottom half.

Downs, meanwhile, hurt his right foot while fielding a sacrifice bunt in the bottom of the eighth, paving the way for Ernesto Frieri, who recorded a five-out save. Downs was in almost the exact situation in a May 1 game in Oakland, suffering an injury to his right side that led to a five-out save for Frieri, making him unavailable for a couple days.

It doesn't appear Aybar will have to go on the disabled list, said manager Mike Scioscia. Downs' foot, the Angels' skipper said, is a little sore.

"We're going to let this thing go a day or two just to see if it's going to set up to where he can pitch," said Scioscia. "If he can, great. If he can't, then obviously we're going to have to consider some things."

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