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Chicken bone sidelines Braves' Aybar

PITTSBURGH — Braves SS Erick Aybar was scratched from a start when he got a chicken bone stuck in his throat Thursday and was taken to a doctor, where he was sedated and had the bone removed.

Aybar was eating lunch in the visitor's clubhouse at PNC Park when he swallowed a bone that lodged in his throat, so far down that he couldn't reach it.

"That poor guy had to be scared to death,'' interim manager Brian Snitker said. "I don't think he's feeling very good. Let's just hope everything works out all right."

REYES UPDATE: Nearing the end of a 59-day suspension for violating Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy, Rockies SS Jose Reyes worked out at the team's spring training facility in Arizona and said "it's good to be on the field and put that stuff behind me.''

Reyes said he was sorry: "I made a mistake and will stand here like a man. I just have to try to be a better man, a better husband."

Reyes was suspended through May 31 after being charged with domestic violence for an altercation with his wife in Hawaii last October. Prosecutors dropped the charge before a scheduled April 4 trial. He will lose close to $7 million while sitting out.

"I put myself in this situation and I'm sorry about it," Reyes said. "I need to put this in the past and continue with my life and my career. Human beings make mistakes."

Reyes, 32, can return June 1, but it's unclear what his role will be. Rookie Trevor Story has excelled in his place, and the Rockies appear to have no plans to take his starting job away.

DRUG TESTING: Commissioner Rob Manfred said improved science could be behind an increase in positive drug tests. There have been eight suspensions this year under the big-league program caused by positive tests for performance-enhancing drugs, one more than in all of 2015. There were two in 2014 and none in 2013. Manfred said "the windows of detection on certain substances have been lengthened. It's just science getting better. There's not some big additional group of positives sitting out there." He called the issue of manager diversity a "difficult" matter. After Fredi Gonzalez's firing by the Braves, the Nationals' Dusty Baker and the Dodgers' Dave Roberts are the only minority managers.

BREWERS: OF Ryan Braun missed his second consecutive game because of back stiffness. … Former Rays RHP Matt Garza (right lat), who has not played this season, threw his first bullpen session.

TWINS: OF Eddie Rosario was optioned to Triple-A Rochester and OF Robbie Grossman was brought up from Rochester.

Chicken bone sidelines Braves' Aybar 05/19/16 [Last modified: Thursday, May 19, 2016 9:15pm]
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