New Rays infielder Willy Aybar is jailed in the Dominican Republic on domestic violence charges and could remain there until at least May, a prosecutor told ESPN's Spanish-language Web site.
Aybar has been held without bail since Thursday on suspicion of assaulting his wife in Bani and "could spend at least three more months in jail" if convicted, appeals court prosecutor Jesus Fernandez Velez told espndeportes.com.
Velez said Aybar's lawyers told him Friday that the wife has agreed to withdraw the complaint. But that had not happened as of Monday night.
Rays spokesman Rick Vaughn said Monday night that the team did not yet have enough details to comment. Aybar's agent did not return phone messages.
Aybar, 24, was acquired from Atlanta last month to fill a key role - potentially starting at third base for a few months until prospect Evan Longoria is deemed ready, then becoming a "super utility" player - and with a troubled past.
He went AWOL from the Braves last season and spent three months in rehab for substance abuse problems then ended up missing the entire season with a hand injury that required surgery. He had been playing this winter for Licey in the Dominican but was dropped from the roster for the Caribbean Series, which started Saturday.
At the time of the deal (for reliever Jeff Ridgway), Rays executive vice president Andrew Friedman said the team had done "a lot of due diligence" into Aybar's problems and "while we recognize it's a risk, obviously we felt it's a risk worth taking."
If Aybar is unavailable, the Rays' only other option to starting Longoria on opening day would be Joel Guzman.