Los Angeles Angels shortstop Erick Aybar is currently dealing with a nagging heel injury he suffered earlier in the week. Even though the X-rays came back negative on any broken bones, the Angels are still considering placing Aybar on the disabled list.
Aybar sustained the left heel injury after he ran full speed towards first base in the third inning of Tuesday night’s contest against the Oakland Athletics. Aybar knew he had to run fast enough to beat out a potential throw that never occurred. As he lunged forward, his left heel landed on the front part of the bag. It was obvious something did not feel right as Aybar could be seen leaning over with his hands on his knees while standing on first base. The pain was enough for him to be removed from the game.
“Erick’s a tough kid, and when he’s hurting and comes out of a game, you know it’s significant,” manager Mike Scioscia told Angels.com. “We’re just hopeful it’s something that’ll calm down here in the next couple days and we can get a read on it, but right now it’s very sore.”
Aybar worked very hard in Spring Training to earn the No. 2 spot in the batting order. He has improved his patience at the plate, which is something Los Angeles was hoping for during the spring. Not to mention, he appears to be the ideal player to bat in front of Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton.
The seven-year veteran understands that the Angels do not want him to play in case he further aggravates his injury. However, Aybar wants to be in the lineup so he can help the team win, and he certainly is not a fan of leaving in the middle of a game.
“I want to play,” Aybar said, according to Angels.com. “I want to help my team win. I don’t like to leave the game. I like to be there the entire game with the guys.”
The 29-year-old is batting .321 with one RBI, two doubles and four runs in 28 at-bats so far this season.