Slumping Angels get OF Vernon Wells back from DL
Vernon Wells came off the disabled list on Tuesday, with the
slumping Los Angeles Angels hoping he can jump-start their anemic
Wells was set to bat seventh and start in center field against
the Tampa Bay Rays.
He went on the DL on May 9 with a groin injury after getting
hurt running to first base against the Chicago White Sox a day
earlier. He made two starts on a rehab assignment at Class A Inland
”I got enough swings in and it’s just a matter of testing it
out on the field and on the bases,” Wells said.
He is batting .183 with four home runs and 13 RBIs in 35 games,
hardly the numbers the Angels had in mind when they signed him last
”No matter what the numbers have been, I think I can bring some
things to this team that can help us moving forward,” Wells said.
”It’s part of my job, it’s part of a lot of guys’ jobs on this
team to be a sparkplug in different areas. I’m looking forward to
The Angels had lost three in a row and five of their last six to
fall two games under .500 going into Tuesday’s game. They’ve been
limited to three runs or less in 17 of their previous 30 games,
including each of the last six.
The 32-year-old Wells said he did a double-take when he saw he
was starting in center field, while 24-year-old regular Peter
Bourjos got the night off.
”That’s my most natural position. Any time he puts me in there,
it’s just kind of like riding a bike,” he said. ”Peter’s a little
faster than I am and just a little younger, but I’ll figure it
Manager Mike Scioscia dropped Wells to seventh in the order to
give him a chance to swing away without having to worry about
moving runners over.
”Hopefully, he’ll get comfortable and start to square some
baseballs up,” Scioscia said. ”Everything that might have been a
question mark, from his groin to his wrist to little aches and
pains that he would have had, are gone.”
Wells, a three-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove winner,
was acquired from Toronto during the winter with four years and $86
million remaining on a $126 million, seven-year contract he signed
with the Blue Jays.