ANAHEIM -- The Angels did what they had initially hoped they wouldn't have to do on Friday, placing Erick Aybar on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured right big toe and calling up Andrew Romine from Triple-A Salt Lake.
Aybar fouled a ball off his right big toe on July 21, and the Angels had hoped it would heal quickly enough to avoid a trip to the DL. Aybar finished the at-bat, but was taken out of the game in the next half-inning. After a week of tests and deliberation, the Angels decided the DL was the best option.
Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Aybar had been feeling better, but apparently he wasn't healing as quickly as they had hoped.
In 91 games this season, the shortstop is batting .257 with four home runs and 28 RBIs. Since June 11, he's batting .322, including all four homers.
To replace Aybar, Romine was called up for the third time this season. He was most recently called up on June 18 and went 4-for-6 with an RBI before being sent down on July 17 to make room for Garrett Richards' return to the rotation.
In 65 games with Salt Lake this season, Romine was batting .288 with three home runs and 29 RBIs.