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Vernon Wells likely DL bound with thumb injury

May 21, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

Vernon Wells

As if losing a 13-inning game against the Padres on an error-induced walk-off run scored by a pitcher who pinch-hit wasn’t bad enough, the Angels also lost Vernon Wells and Ryan Langerhans to injuries.

Wells injured his thumb stealing second base and Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports that he was wearing a cast after the game.

Langerhans left the game after slamming into the outfield wall, leading to some creative defensive alignments by the Angels, including Howie Kendrick in left field for what proved to be the game-losing play.

Langerhans was just called up from Triple-A and Wells hasn’t produced since joining the Angels last season, so the losses aren’t exactly team-crushing. However, recently at least Wells was showing some signs of life by hitting .273 with two homers and a .752 OPS in 16 games this month.

Torii Hunter also remains away from the team following his son’s arrest, but even without those three players around the Angels still have enough outfield depth to trot out Mike Trout, Peter Bourjos, and Mark Trumbo, which plenty of teams would love to have as their everyday trio.

  1. drewsylvania - May 21, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Oh noes.

    • proudlycanadian - May 21, 2012 at 11:29 AM

      He could not avoid being Vernon Wells the third because he was born with the family nose. Vernon Wells the second makes a very good living as a painter.

  2. jarathen - May 21, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    Vernon’s certainly been more like what I had hoped of late, but this is the best thing to happen to the Angels in some time. An outfield of Trout, Bourjos, and Trumbo is a good one. Certainly beats Wells/Trout/Hunter.

    • Ben - May 21, 2012 at 11:50 AM

      Yeah, not that I wish ill on Wells, but the Angels were playing him because they pay him, not because it’s smart baseball. This is a net positive.

  3. SmackSaw - May 21, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    …if only that bum at first base would heat up…

    • Old Gator - May 21, 2012 at 2:27 PM

      You’d need to resurrect Father Karras to deal with the Pujols problem. Apparently, Pazuzu leapt from Sarah Palin into Prince Albert during that ridiculous rally last year, and bided his time planting Glen Rice stories while waiting for the best possible moment to go to work on poor old Al.

      One way to handle this, I guess, would be to keep Vernon Wells in close proximity to the quarter billion dollar baby and hope that Pazuzu will feel like jumping off again.

      • SmackSaw - May 21, 2012 at 2:34 PM

        We need to ship Al to the Bronx, toot sweet. Just for a day or so. He’ll need to hang around Jeter. The Yankees advanced age means their collective immune system is by far too emaciated to be able to forsake Pazuzu. Then, old Al will return to the fold at full strength, while Jeter will expedite his journey into the great abyss.

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