ANAHEIM -- For Angels shortstop Erick Aybar to exit a game, he has to be in serious pain. That was the case on Tuesday night, when Aybar exited an eventual 9-5 loss to the Athletics in the third inning with a bruise on his left heel.
Postgame, Aybar had the area taped and was doing his best not to put any pressure on it while walking. It's almost a certainty he won't play on Wednesday, but he'll see how he feels in the morning before deciding whether to undergo any tests.
"It was hurting," Aybar said in Spanish. "It hurts even more now."
The switch-hitting Aybar hurt himself while landing on first base to beat out an infield single to start the bottom of the third, getting replaced by backup Brendan Harris after being checked on by Angels trainers.
Aybar, the Angels' No. 2 hitter, is 9-for-28 (a .321 batting average) to start the season.
"It's tough when you're a shortstop and you need that range," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "He's a tough kid. For Erick to come out, you know it's sore."
Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. Reporter Richard Justice contributed. AJ Cassavell contributed to this report. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.