Angels recall prospect Jean Segura

Updated: July 22, 2012, 7:21 PM ET
By Mark Saxon | ESPNLosAngeles.com

ANAHEIM -- The Los Angeles Angels recalled Jean Segura from Double-A Arkansas on Sunday in case Gold Glove shortstop Erick Aybar has to be placed on the 15-day disabled list.

Aybar fouled a ball off his right big toe during Saturday's game with the Texas Rangers. He finished the at-bat, but was replaced the following inning by Maicer Izturis. The Angels were waiting for results of X-rays before deciding whether to put Aybar on the DL.

Aybar will be out at least three games, the Angels said. Izturis will start Sunday night's game against the Rangers at shortstop.

"It's sore," Aybar said. "I might have fouled balls off my foot before, but not like this. We'll wait two or three days and see what happens."

Segura, 22, is generally regarded as the Angels' top minor-league position player. He was batting .294 with 33 stolen bases, seven home runs and 40 RBIs at Double-A.

The Angels called down to Arkansas on Saturday night, and Segura was taken out of the game in the seventh inning. With the Angels searching hard for pitching before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, his name has surfaced in trade rumors.

"I thought I got traded," Segura said. "They told me I'm in the big leagues, and I'm happy."

The Angels optioned pitcher David Carpenter to Triple-A Salt Lake.

Mark Saxon

ESPNLosAngeles.com
Mark Saxon is a staff writer for ESPNLosAngeles.com. He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.