Aybar lands on DL with right foot contusion

Aybar lands on DL with right foot contusion

ATLANTA -- It has been a rough nine days for Braves shortstop Erick Aybar.

Aybar, who was hit on the right foot by a pitch from Marlins left-hander Adam Conley in the fourth inning of the Braves' 4-2 win over Miami on Friday night, was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday with a right foot contusion.

The Braves recalled right-hander Aaron Blair from Triple-A Gwinnett. Blair, who was sent down on May 18, got a no-decision after allowing two runs over 5 2/3 innings in Saturday's 7-2 win.

Aybar initially stayed in the game, but he was removed between innings and initially listed as day to day after X-rays came back negative.

"Last night, it hurt a lot and swelled up overnight," Aybar said through an interpreter. "That's baseball. Anything can happen."

On May 19, Aybar was rushed to the hospital with a chicken bone stuck in his throat. Acquired in an offseason trade with the Angels, he has struggled mightily the first two months of the season. The 32-year-old switch-hitter was batting just .182 with a .225 on-base percentage in 44 games. He's making $8.5 million this year, the last on his contract.

The Braves also made a late scratch before Saturday's game, pulling Chase d'Arnaud for Daniel Castro. The reason: d'Arnaud got in a car accident on his way to the ballpark.

"I'm not saying he won't play today, but it kind of shook him up mentally a little bit and just let him have a little time here to gather himself," manager Brian Snitker said. "And, as I told him, 'Just be ready to go in a few hours.'"

Aimee Sachs is a contributor to MLB.com based in Atlanta. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.