Angels spring update: Abreu is scratched, Aybar remains sidelined
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