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Brandon Wood makes an early return

An injury to shortstop Erick Aybar apparently has hastened Brandon Wood's return from a minor-league rehab assignment.

Wood went on the 15-day disabled list on May 25 for what was termed a hip flexor injury, but had more to do with his struggles at the plate. The Angels were leaning toward activating him this weekend, but sped up the timeline when Aybar left Monday night's game with a hyperextended left knee.

The team optioned reliever Rafael Rodriguez to Triple-A Salt Lake. In Wood's 13 starts with Salt Lake, he batted .196 with a home run, a double, three walks and 17 strikeouts.