The Atlanta Braves’ season has been full of jarring moments, and Thursday provided another one. Shortstop Erick Aybar was scratched from a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates after he was taken to a hospital with a chicken bone stuck in his throat.

According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Aybar was having lunch in the visitors’ clubhouse at PNC Park when the incident occurred. The piece of bone got lodged too far down his throat for him to reach, and the discomfort was such the 32-year-old Dominican couldn’t raise his shoulder. Another Braves player told the AJC that he saw some blood coming out of Aybar’s mouth.

After being taken to a local hospital, Aybar was sedated and prepped for a surgical procedure, but the bone dislodged itself and he was able to return to the stadium. His place in the lineup was taken by 23-year-old Daniel Castro.

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“That poor guy had to be scared to death,” Braves interim manager Brian Snitker said of Aybar to the AJC before the game. “He looked okay when he left, but I don’t think he’s feeling very good. Let’s just hope everything works out all right.”

Snitker suddenly found himself at Atlanta’s helm after the team fired Fredi Gonzalez on Tuesday for presiding over a record at the time of 9-28, the worst start in MLB. On Wednesday, Gonzalez revealed that he had been tipped off to his fate when he received an automatically generated email providing him details of his flight from Pittsburgh back to Atlanta — days before the Braves were scheduled to complete their series against the Pirates.

As for Aybar, it had already been a rough season for him at the plate, where he is batting just .174 in 143 plate appearances. He is in his first year with the Braves after spending his first 10 seasons with the Angels.

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