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Erick Aybar diagnosed with hyper-extended knee after ugly looking takeout slide

Jun 15, 2010, 11:44 AM EDT

Erick Aybar was in obvious pain and had to be helped off the field last night after suffering what appeared to be a significant leg injury as a result of Casey McGehee sliding into him while trying to break up a double play.
MLB.com has video of the play, which includes the announcers saying they thought McGehee’s slide was on the dirty (or at least unnecessary) side.
My sense is that McGehee’s “slide” wasn’t all that different than what goes on trying to break up double plays every day, but the appearance and result were much worse because Aybar was in such a vulnerable position with his leg fully extended and totally unprotected (he had to reach back to snag an off-line throw and then find the base with his foot).
Fortunately for the Angels it sounds like Aybar somehow avoided a serious injury. He’ll likely undergo further testing today, but the initial diagnosis is merely a hyper-extended left knee and it’s possible that he may not even need a disabled list stint. Maicer Izturis will slide from third base to shortstop for however long Aybar is out, perhaps opening the door for Brandon Wood to get one last chance to play regularly at the hot corner.

  1. dBall - Jun 15, 2010 at 12:04 PM

    Adding injury to insult with a 7-run lead will not win you many friends, Casey.
    Watch your back.

  2. Moses Green - Jun 15, 2010 at 12:45 PM

    Dirty, stupid play by McGehee – he was trying to break up a double play opportunity that didn’t exist. This is the equivalent of sliding out a first baseman on a throw to first. Given the situation and the score, McGehee made a really horrible decision tehere.

  3. strategery - Jun 15, 2010 at 12:59 PM

    I’m not sure what McGehee was supposed to do there. He had already started his slide by the time it was clear that Aybar was left out to dry. If it’s a good throw then Aybar is fine.

  4. jb - Jun 15, 2010 at 1:03 PM

    1. It must be the Angels announcers saying it looked dirty…it wasn’t the Brewers, I was watching.
    2. The play would not have been an issue had the through to Aybar been on target. If you watch the replay Aybar actually pulls his foot off the bag to go for the throw, and then has to re-establish to get the out. That is when he gets hit.
    3. This was a routine play that happens many times in a game. The fact that McGehee slid straight threw the bag and not off line means he had every right to the path he took.
    4. Who cares if it was a 7 run lead. Have you looked at the Brewers bullpen stats?
    5. Watch you back….McGehee had just been plunked after hitting a homerun. Who is retaliating against who?
    6. Can you show me any indication that McGehee is or has been a dirty player. Ty Cobb he ain’t….
    This was an unfortunate play, but a clean, legitimate play that happens time and time again. It ended in an injury that was largely the result of a horrible through by the 1B. GET OVER IT!

  5. walk - Jun 15, 2010 at 1:10 PM

    As long as he can touch the base on the slide its legal, i dont remember seeing anything in rules saying he cant slide if his team has a lead. As far as scoring goes i side with maury wills who said his teams would only quit trying to score if other team agreed to as well.

  6. Cru11 - Jun 15, 2010 at 1:13 PM

    This slide was retaliation due to McGehee getting plunked earlier in the game in which he thought it was intentional. Dry your eyes, this is baseball.

  7. J. McCann - Jun 15, 2010 at 1:30 PM

    1. The Angels (and Soth) are known for not hitting players on purpose, not to say this one was not on purpose.
    2. How about putting Wood at SS? That was his original position, and supposedly he is OK out there. Maybe that will put him in the right frame of mind to hit, and his best minor league hitting came while playing short.

  8. oh Hal - Jun 15, 2010 at 2:10 PM

    Smart, clean play that would be lauded if it were done by the Angels. Its not relevant, but Gomez was slow out of the box and there was a double play opportunity.

  9. scatterbrian - Jun 15, 2010 at 2:26 PM

    Absolutely a clean play. Score doesn’t dictate how you slide on that play, you always take out the pivot of a double play.

  10. Spokes - Jun 15, 2010 at 4:45 PM

    I thought the Angels TV broadcast would improve with the departure of Physioc and Hudler, but Victor Rojas has been just awful in the first two months, and the worst came last night.
    He complained about how McGehee only slid that like because he was “chapped” about being hit in his previous at bat. He said McGehee should have abstained from sliding when he saw Aybar reaching for the ball and vulnerable.
    What did you want him to do??? Stop his full momentum in one step? McGehee slid hard into the bag, as you are taught to do. He didn’t have nearly enough time to stop his slide and there’s no way that you can expect him to see Aybar’s leg or the wide throw and just go in standing.
    It was nothing but a clean play. I completely agree with jb on every one of his points. And Rojas’ blaming of McGehee was unprofessional, ignorant and had all the fragrances of pure homer broadcasting.

  11. jimflox - Jun 15, 2010 at 9:11 PM

    Anyone who says this was a dirty or retaliatory play is just clueless about the game.
    Even Scioscia and Hunter said it was a clean play.
    Get a clue, and stop taking that amateur announcer Rojas at his word. Use your own eyes and sense.

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