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Angels spring update: Abreu is scratched, Aybar remains sidelined

March 14, 2010 | 11:01 am

Abreu_300 Angels right fielder Bobby Abreu was scratched from Sunday's exhibition game against the Chicago Cubs because of tightness in his side, and shortstop Erick Aybar, who has some forearm stiffness, was not in the lineup for the fifth straight day.

When Aybar was asked about his sore arm Wednesday, he said he thought he would return to the lineup by the next day. But Manager Mike Scioscia said there was "no sense in pushing it," adding that Aybar was just experiencing the usual spring-training soreness players often feel.

"He will be in drills today," Scioscia said. "If this was a regular-season game, he would play."

The Angels lineup for Sunday:

SS  Maicer Izturis

2B  Howie Kendrick

CF  Torii Hunter

DH  Hideki Matsui

1B  Kendry Morales

LF  Juan Rivera

C   Mike Napoli

3B  Brandon Wood

RF  Reggie Willits

P   Joel Pineiro

-- Mike DiGiovanna in Tempe, Ariz.

Photo: Angels outfielder Bobby Abreu waits in the dugout for his turn to bat during Saturday's spring training game against the Royals. Credit: Christian Petersen / Getty Images

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