Aybar returns after minimum stint on DL

Aybar returns after minimum stint on DL

Aybar returns after minimum stint on DL
OAKLAND -- Erick Aybar is good to go.

The shortstop's fractured right big toe was feeling good enough after an early workout on Monday for the team to activate him from the 15-day disabled list on the first day he was eligible to be reinstated. He was in the Angels' lineup and batting eighth for their series opener against the A's.

"I feel good," said Aybar after his first DL experience had ended. "Everybody looks good here, everybody's hitting, pitching good, too. When we play together, we're good. We got everybody together."

Offense hasn't been the Angels' real problem of late, as they have lost four of their last five games, and Aybar (.257) probably wouldn't provide a big boost in that area anyway. Still, the team is happy to have its everyday shortstop back.

"We're very comfortable with the fact that he'll be out there, and hopefully in our lineup from now the rest of the way," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.

To make room for Aybar on the roster, the team optioned infielder Andrew Romine to Triple-A Salt Lake. Romine had been called up to replace Aybar when the shortstop was placed on the DL on July 27 (retroactive to July 22).