The Braves announced this morning that Hall of Famer Hank Aaron required partial left hip surgery last night after he fell on some ice.
Aaron, who just turned 80 years old earlier this month, is expected to make a full recovery. In fact, he should to be back to his normal routine within 6-8 weeks. Good news under the circumstances.
The Braves recently announced that they plan to wear a commemorative “715” patch this season to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Aaron breaking MLB’s home run record. “Hammerin’ Hank” is scheduled to be honored during an on-field ceremony at Turner Field for the team’s home opener on April 8. Here’s hoping he’s back to 100 percent by then.
The Twins have reportedly signed free agent shortstop Erick Aybar to a minor-league deal, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune reported Friday. FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman adds that the deal comes with a potential $1.25 million if Aybar reaches the majors, with additional incentives based on plate appearances. He’ll be able to opt out on March 27. The team has yet to confirm the signing.
Aybar, 34, is now four years removed from his career year in 2014. He’s been in a state of steady decline since then, slashing just .234/.300/.348 with seven home runs and 11 stolen bases over 370 plate appearances for the Padres in 2017. His poor performance wasn’t helped by a fractured left foot, either, which cost him almost six weeks on the disabled list.
Still, the Twins see something promising in the veteran infielder, and reportedly intend to use him as another utility option this spring. Per Neal, Aybar will join fellow backup infielders Eduardo Escobar and Ehire Adrianza and may even (temporarily) take over for Miguel Sano at third base if Sano isn’t able to shape up for the role by Opening Day.