Atlanta Braves: A bad week for Erick Aybar


Atlanta Braves shortstop, Erick Aybar, has recently had a hard time both on and off the field.

Though the 2016 season has been a tough one for the Atlanta Braves, it has recently been an even tougher one for shortstop Erick Aybar.

In the past week, Aybar was removed from the starting lineup after having a chicken bone removed from his throat, and then was sent to the DL with a bruised foot.

It all started on Thursday, May 19, when Aybar was having lunch at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. A chicken bone became lodged in his throat, causing him to seek medical attention. Aybar was sedated and plans were made for a procedure to remove the bone, but the bone had dislodged itself by then.

He was able to return to PNC Park after the incident but did not play in Thursday’s game as the Atlanta Braves wrapped up the Pittsburgh Pirates series.

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Aybar made it back in the lineup a day after receiving medical attention and was able to play against the Philadelphia Phillies that Friday.

Acorrding to Aybar, “I could breathe fine, it was just bothersome. It was more of an annoying type of thing in the throat. It wasn’t so much painful or a concern.”

If practically choking on a chicken bone wasn’t bad enough, Aybar then had to leave last Friday night’s game against the Miami Marlins with a foot injury.

It happened in the fourth inning when Aybar was hit on the inside of his right foot by a pitch from the Marlins’ Adam Conely. Aybar fell to the ground as soon as contact was made, but remained in the game until the fifth inning when he finally made his way to the dugout.

As a result of the injury, Aybar has been placed on the 15-day disabled list. The Atlanta Braves recalled Arron Blair from Triple-A Gwinnett to start Saturday’s game against the Marlins, which they would go on to win 7-2.

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Though Aybar hasn’t exactly been a favorite of Braves fans, it’s hard not to feel sorry for him after his poor luck in the past week.