Domestic violence charges against Rays' Aybar dropped

Domestic violence charges against Rays infielder Willy Aybar were dropped when his wife withdrew the complaint in the Dominican Republic.

Aybar, 24, faced the possibility of three months in jail for hitting his wife but said he apologized for his actions (which he termed "a big mistake"), sought forgiveness and promised to improve behavior which he admitted was not "the most appropriate sometimes."

Aybar and his wife, Yessenia, 23, who have been married for seven years and have three children, have reconciled.

The Rays said they expect Aybar, acquired last month from Atlanta, to join the team in spring training, which opens next week.

Spokesman Rick Vaughn issued this statement: "While details of this situation remain unclear, we are pleased that it has been resolved. We are encouraged that Willy has expressed remorse and accepted responsibility for his actions. The Rays are committed to providing a support system for him and his family when they arrive in St. Petersburg for spring training."