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Vernon Wells exits Angels game with groin strain

May 10, 2011, 12:10 AM EDT

Vernon Wells

.183-hitting Vernon Wells came out of Monday night’s game against the White Sox after injuring his groin and was replaced by Howie Kendrick, with Alexi Amarista moving from second base to left field.

Wells was injured while running out a grounder.

It would hardly seem to be the worst thing for the Angels if Wells needed to sit out 7-10 days and could then go get at-bats in the minors for a week.  While the $21 million-per-year outfielder has hit three homers during May, he’s still batting just .212 for the month.  For the season, he has four homers, 13 RBI and a 30/7 K/BB ratio in 142 at-bats.

If Wells goes on the DL, the Angels would likely call up Reggie Willits and start Bobby Abreu in left field most of the time.  That’d allow the Angels to play both Maicer Izturis and Alberto Callaspo, with Callaspo typically DHing.

  1. pisano - May 10, 2011 at 1:13 AM

    A great move by the Angels, just imagine if the Red Sox wouldn’t have thrown 20+mil away on Crawford he most likely would have been with Wells in the same outfield. That’s 40 mil. on these two losers. And people knock the Yankees, at least they get World Series appearances with the money they throw away.

    • pauleee - May 10, 2011 at 1:38 AM

      “Most likely”?? Yeah right, they got Wells because they didn’t get Crawford. Wells was a panic move and a poor one at that. And thanks for reminding us the Yanks can afford to throw away money on multiple players.
      Yeah, I’m angry. Why do you ask?

      • deathmonkey41 - May 10, 2011 at 8:57 AM

        Throw in Gary Matthews Jr. with Scott Kazmir and the Angels have made some terrible decisions over the past few years.

    • Joe - May 10, 2011 at 12:16 PM

      Over the last 10 years, the Angels have won as many WS as the Yankees, and the Red Sox have won twice as many.

  2. cur68 - May 10, 2011 at 2:10 AM

    Ah, Vernon’s down with another early season, inexplicable, wasn’t doing much at the time injury. Right on schedule. As any long term Jays follower knows, this is his pattern. You wait, in about 2 weeks he’ll be back, stink the joint up for a month or so, show signs of heating up, then get turf toe or maybe tennis elbow or something else equally nagging and ridiculous.

    He could have been a great ball player but he’s as delicate as a geisha, and as durable as a souffle.

  3. Old Gator - May 10, 2011 at 4:29 AM

    I like the idea of Wells as a souffle, but…a Geisha? I have…issues…with that.

    More bubble powder, dear.

    • cur68 - May 10, 2011 at 10:10 AM

      Fine then; a ballerina…actually I have issues with that (a little more toe shoe, dear), so lets go with Twiggy (anyone with issues with that needs the prompt attention of a psychotherapist).

  4. Jonny 5 - May 10, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    In a closet somewhere in an Ohio fortified compound, a hat is sighing in relief right now.

  5. missthemexpos - May 10, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    Seems like whenever former Jays GM J. P. Ricciardi handed out the mega $$$ long term deals, the player involved would become injury prone, or their performance would go in the crapper. Names like B.J. Ryan, Aaron Hill, Alex Rios and of course Vernon certainly come to mind.

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