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Aybar Dealing with Alchohol and Drug Problems

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Update: Dave O'Brien over at AJC.com is reporting that Aybar is dealing with alcohol and substance abuse problems and drove from Atlanta to Boston to be with his brother on Wednesday.
Suspended Braves infielder Willy Aybar is in Boston, struggling with substance abuse and trying to get his life and baseball career back in order, his agent told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The agent, Luis Valdez, said the distraught player was dealing with 'drinking and drugs' and that he drove alone from Atlanta to Boston to be with his brother, Francis Aybar, who lives there. Minutes later, Valdez backpedaled a bit and said he didn't know if Aybar, 24, was involved in anything other than alcohol.
Aybar is scheduled to meet with an MLBPA representative on today. Hopefully he can sort out these issues and then come back to the Braves. This sheds light on the reason he was not at the field on Wednesday. Update: After receiving his three day suspension, Willy Aybar was absent again from the Braves game against the Cubs today and has been suspended indefinitely. He was supposed to meet with Bobby Cox before the game to discuss his unexplained absences but did not show up. I assume there is some sort of off-field circumstance but that doesn't excuse this. He needs to explain what is going on and ask for time to sort out whatever problems he has. I think Aybar's Braves career may be in jeopardy since he has not minor league options left and would have to go through waivers. Willy Aybar, one of the pieces of the Wilson Betemit deal, was suspended for three games on Sunday after he failed to show up at the game for a second straight day. Aybar was penciled in as Chipper's main backup coming into spring training but sore hand has kept Aybar on the DL for the entire season so far and most of spring training. The 24-year old infielder has not put himself into the team's good graces so far in his short Braves career, as he also missed a day of spring training where he did not contact anyone to explain his absence. Aybar is a talented young infielder, but has shown a very bad work ethic so far, which is not something that Bobby Cox and John Schuerholz tolerate on their team. This may be the second strike, one more and I think he could face being released. I wouldn't want to see that and hopefully it doesn't end there because then Betemit would have gotten us nothing. Hey, maybe we could trade Aybar back to the dodgers for Wilson, I don't think Betemit's .042 batting average is going to keep him in the majors very long with little Laroche waiting for his shot. Feel free to discuss this either in the comments section or at braves-nation.com

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