Scioscia: Aybar to start Saturday

Updated: June 26, 2010, 12:19 AM ET
By Mark Saxon |

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Los Angeles Angels shortstop Erick Aybar tested his left knee by running the bases Friday afternoon and manager Mike Scioscia said Aybar would start and likely bat ninth Saturday night against the Colorado Rockies.

Aybar actually got a head start to his return when he pinch-hit for Brandon Wood in the seventh inning Friday night and stayed in the game at shortstop.

Before his appearance, Aybar had missed eight games after he damaged the meniscus in his left knee in a collision at second base with Milwaukee's Casey McGehee on June 14.

Aybar initially was concerned about his ability to play shortstop at a high level, but he said the knee now feels 100 percent healthy.

"My speed is still there," Aybar said.

Mark Saxon covers the Angels for

Mark Saxon
Mark Saxon is a staff writer for He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.