Scioscia: Aybar to start Saturday

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Los Angeles Angels shortstop Erick Aybar tested his left knee by running the bases Friday afternoon and manager Mike Scioscia said Aybar would start and likely bat ninth Saturday night against the Colorado Rockies.

Aybar actually got a head start to his return when he pinch-hit for Brandon Wood in the seventh inning Friday night and stayed in the game at shortstop.

Before his appearance, Aybar had missed eight games after he damaged the meniscus in his left knee in a collision at second base with Milwaukee's Casey McGehee on June 14.

Aybar initially was concerned about his ability to play shortstop at a high level, but he said the knee now feels 100 percent healthy.

"My speed is still there," Aybar said.

Mark Saxon covers the Angels for ESPNLosAngeles.com.