Erick Aybar Scratched From Braves' Lineup Because A Chicken Bone Was Stuck In His Throat

The MLB season is still young, but we have an early contender for strangest scratch of the season. Shortstop Erick Aybar was set to start for the Atlanta Braves in their game against the Pittsburgh Pirates Thursday night, but was scratched because a chicken bone was lodged in his throat. 

Aybar had to be sedated in order to remove the bone. The bone became lodged in his throat during lunch, but he appears to be okay. It appears that Aybar literally ate the bones. 

With Aybar out, Daniel Castro is getting the start at shortstop. Both Aybar and Castro have batted near the bottom of the lineup this year. 

It's been a rough start to the season for Aybar, who was acquired via a trade that involved Andrelton Simmons in November 2015 from the Los Angeles Angels. A career .273 hitter, Aybar is hitting just .174 this season. He has just five RBIs.  

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