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Aybar Heading to Minors

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Some long awaited news here on a player that I thought had a chance to make quite an impact after last season. Willy Aybar has finished his substance abuse rehabilitation and is now working on getting back into shape at the Braves' facilities in Orlando according to Carroll Rogers at the AJC. After that, the infielder will return to playing with one of the Braves minor league affiliates, most likely with Richmond. Assuming all goes well, he would be recalled when rosters are expanded or possibly before then to take the place of Chris Woodward. Aybar has just had a miserable year up until this point. He missed most of spring training because of visa problems, then couldn't play because of hand issues, then was suspended for not showing up to physical therapy before a game, left for Boston to stay with his brother, it was discovered he had a substance abuse problem, missed a meeting with MLB officials, etc. I'm happy for him not only as a person, but a player to be able to successfully go through rehab. He hit over .300 with the Braves in 36 games after being acquired from the Dodgers so he could be useful as a utility guy down the road.

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