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How long will bad back keep Angels' Erick Aybar out?

How long will bad back keep Angels' Erick Aybar out?

Next to Mike Trout, shortstop Erick Aybar is the player the Angels can least afford to lose to injury, and not just because they scrambled in his absence to piece together an infield in the ninth inning of Thursday night's 7-6 comeback win over the Royals. The switch-hitting Aybar is a durable veteran who is hitting .273 and provides reliable and sometimes superb defense, and the Angels have no one on their team or in the minor leagues who can replace him. But they will have to make do without him for at least a couple of days after Aybar injured the left side of his lower back while diving in the infield dirt to catch Alexei Ramirez's fifth-inning flare in Wednesday...

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