Charges against Aybar dropped
Domestic violence charges against Rays infielder Willy Aybar were dropped when his wife withdrew the complaint in the Dominican Republic, ESPNdeportes.com reported Wednesday.
Aybar, 24, faced the possibility of three months in jail for hitting his wife but told the Spanish language arm of ESPN that he apologized for his actions (which he termed "a big mistake"), sought forgiveness and promised to improve behavior which he admitted was not "the most appropriate sometimes.''
The report also said that Aybar and his wife, Yessenia, 23, who have been married for seven years and have three children, have reconciled.
The Rays said they expect Aybar, acquired last month from Atlanta, to join the team in spring training, which opens next week. Spokesman Rick Vaughn issued this statement:
"While details of this situation remain unclear, we are pleased that it has been resolved. We are encouraged that Willy has expressed remorse and accepted responsibility for his actions. The Rays are committed to providing a support system for him and his family when they arrive in St. Petersburg for spring training."
Aybar came to the Rays with a troubled past, having spent three months last season in a substance abuse rehab clinic.
"I know that if I focus I can become a great baseball player,'' Aybar said, "but also I want to be a good father, husband and citizen.''