Wrist strain shelves Aybar in winter ball

Wrist strain shelves Aybar in winter ball

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays have confirmed reports that Willy Aybar's right wrist sprain has caused him to finish his winter ball season in his native Dominican Republic.

Aybar suffered what has been determined to be a minor wrist sprain while playing for Licey and had not played in a week. Given the fact Spring Training begins in just over a month, the prudent move for the Rays was to shut down their reserve infielder in the hopes he will be healed by the time camp opens.

According to the Rays' understanding, Aybar's injury is minor and should not be lingering.

Aybar, who hit .253 with 12 home runs and 41 RBIs for the Rays in 2009, will make $1.35 million in '10 for his utility role as a backup at first, third, second and designated hitter.

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.