Jean Segura makes major league debut

When young Angels shortstop Jean Segura called the Dominican Republic to inform his mother, Maribel, that he was being called up to the major leagues Saturday night, she got a little emotional.

"I thought she was going to have a heart attack," Segura said.

Imagine how things will be in the city of San Juan de la Maguana tonight when Segura makes his first major league start. Segura, the Angels' top prospect, was batting .294 with seven home runs and 33 stolen bases at Double-A Arkansas before the Angels summoned him after Erick Aybar's toe injury.

Segura's family plans to gather for the game at the house of a friend who has DirecTV. The game begins after 10 p.m. there.

"I'm a little emotional. I'm not nervous at all," said Segura, 22. "This is my debut, my first game here in the big leagues. Every player is going to feel emotional for that. I think I can play here for a long time if I get a chance. I trust myself."

The Angels still haven't put Aybar on the disabled list, but even if they do, Segura's stay in Anaheim could be short. They're going with Maicer Izturis as their everyday shortstop in Aybar's absence and they likely will bring up Andrew Romine from Triple-A either Sunday or Monday if they still need a backup shortstop. At Segura's age, they want him to play every day.

Here are the rest of the lineups for Tuesday night's game vs. the Kansas City Royals:

Kansas City

Alex Gordon LF

Alcides Escobar SS

Lorenzo Cain CF

Billy Butler DH

Mike Moustakas 3B

Salvador Perez C

Jeff Francoeur RF

Eric Hosmer 1B

Chris Getz 2B


Mike Trout CF

Torii Hunter RF

Albert Pujols DH

Mark Trumbo LF

Howie Kendrick 2B

Kendrys Morales 1B

Alberto Callaspo 3B

Jean Segura SS

John Hester C