Aybar, Downs not expected to hit disabled list

Aybar, Downs not expected to hit disabled list

CHICAGO -- For now, at least, it looks like Angels shortstop Erick Aybar and lefty reliever Scott Downs will avoid the disabled list, despite exiting Thursday's game against the Astros with injuries. But both remain day to day and were unavailable for Friday's series opener against the White Sox.

Downs' right foot, which he hurt while fielding a sacrifice bunt in the eighth inning of an eventual 7-6 win over the Astros, is "still a little tender," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. Downs, 37, missed a couple of games earlier this month after experiencing pain in his right side while dodging a comebacker in Oakland on May 1.

Aybar, who experienced tightness in his right hamstring while running down the first-base line in the top of the fourth, rode the stationary bike at U.S. Cellular Field and was hopeful of playing at some point in the weekend series. The Angels' leadoff hitter returned from the DL just 10 days ago after missing three weeks with a bruised left heel.

"You can't do anything about it," Aybar said in Spanish. "Let's see how I feel tomorrow."

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