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Erick Aybar is out of the lineup and headed for an MRI exam

Apr 6, 2011, 12:18 PM EDT

Erick Aybar leaping

Erick Aybar is absent from the Angels’ lineup this afternoon for the third straight game and Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports that the shortstop will undergo an MRI exam on his injured oblique muscle.

Aybar originally suffered the injury Saturday while sliding. Maicer Izturis replaced him at shortstop Sunday and Tuesday, but Brandon Wood is getting a rare start in his place today against the Rays.

Wood didn’t make an appearance in any of the first five games, but did start 20 times at shortstop last season.

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