Aybar's ailing heel improving, DL stint less likely

Aybar's ailing heel improving, DL stint less likely

ANAHEIM -- Prior to Wednesday's game, it looked like a near-certainty that Erick Aybar's injured left heel would eventually send him to the disabled list. Prior to Thursday's game, it looked like Aybar's return to the lineup could be only a matter of days away.

"He's done a total turnaround," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "Yesterday, he really could put no weight on it at all. By the time the game was over, he had treatment all night on it and he was walking around. It was very encouraging. He even feels better today. Hopefully it's just a matter of days with him getting back into the lineup."

X-rays on Aybar's injury, which occurred when he landed on first base to beat out an infield single in Tuesday's third inning, came back negative. And a steady stream of ice and anti-inflammatory cream made "a big difference," the switch-hitting shortstop said.

"Yesterday when I woke up, it bothered me a lot," Aybar said in Spanish. "Today, not really. It bothered me a little; nothing close to yesterday."

Aybar still isn't taking part in any pregame activities, but when asked if he feels he may need to go on the DL, he said: "If I keep progressing like I am, I don't think so."

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. William Boor is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.