Erick Aybar is absent from the Angels’ lineup this afternoon for the third straight game and Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports that the shortstop will undergo an MRI exam on his injured oblique muscle.
Aybar originally suffered the injury Saturday while sliding. Maicer Izturis replaced him at shortstop Sunday and Tuesday, but Brandon Wood is getting a rare start in his place today against the Rays.
Wood didn’t make an appearance in any of the first five games, but did start 20 times at shortstop last season.
The Yankees announced on Wednesday that the club traded outfielder Jabari Blash to the Angels in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
Blash, 28, was acquired by the Yankees from the Padres back in December in the Chase Headley trade. In trading Blash to the Angels, the Yankees were able to free up a spot on the 40-man roster for Brandon Drury, the infielder they acquired as part of a three-team trade with the Diamondbacks and Rays on Tuesday.
Over parts of two seasons in the majors, Blash has hit an underwhelming .200/.323/.336 in 279 plate appearances. He will try to play his way into a bench role for the Angels this spring.