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Monday, February 4, 2008
Rays infielder Aybar in jail in Dominican Republic

By Enrique Rojas
ESPNdeportes.com

SANTIAGO, Dominican Republic -- Tampa Bay Rays infielder Willy Aybar is in custody in his native Dominican Republic for domestic violence charges, according to a local prosecutor.

Willy Aybar
Aybar

Aybar, 24, has been held without bail since Thursday for allegedly assaulting his wife in Baní, about 25 miles south of Santo Domingo.

"Aybar is in jail since last week, and he could spend at least three more months in jail if he is convicted of domestic violence," said Jesus Fernandez Velez, the appeals court prosecutor in charge.

The Rays acquired Aybar and Chase Fontaine when they sent left-hander Jeff Ridgway to the Atlanta Braves in mid-January. Aybar missed the 2007 season with a wrist injury.

Aybar has a .292 career average with five home runs and 40 RBIs in 105 games.

Enrique Rojas is a reporter and columnist for ESPNdeportes.com and ESPN.com.