Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/24/12

This is what it's like to be a top prospect with the trade deadline approaching: You're always looking over your shoulder.

Infielder Jean Segura was 2-for-3 for the Los Angeles Angels' Class AA Arkansas affiliate Saturday night when he was pulled from the game early.

"I was a little bit surprised," he said the next day. "When they took me out of the game, I said, 'Wow.' I was so nervous. I thought I was being traded or I was in trouble."

He wasn't. He was making the jump from Class AA to the big leagues -- a jump that Mike Trout and Garrett Richards made with the Los Angeles Angels last season. Segura, 22, was batting .294 for Arkansas and had participated in the All-Star Futures Game as the starting second baseman on the World Team.

Segura got the call to Anaheim because shortstop Erick Aybar fouled a ball off his foot Saturday night. Two days later, Aybar is in a walking boot but not on the disabled list. X-rays showed a line on the big toe of his right foot. The Angels were awaiting a definitive analysis of those X-rays by their medical director, Dr. Lewis Yocum, before deciding whether Aybar would need to go to the DL.

"Right now, the biggest thing is not, 'How long can we wait (to put Aybar on the DL)?'" manager Mike Scioscia said Monday. "It's, 'Is this thing going to take two days or two weeks (to heal)?' That's what we're trying to work through right now."

Segura has yet to make his major league debut. Maicer Izturis played shortstop Monday and went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in the Angels' 6-3 win over the Kansas City Royals.

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