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Vernon Wells needs thumb surgery, will miss 8-10 weeks

May 21, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

Vernon Wells AP AP

The Angels’ outfield logjam is suddenly a lot less complicated.

Angels’ television broadcaster Victor Rojas reports that Vernon Wells will have surgery tomorrow to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right thumb. He can resume baseball activities in 8-10 weeks, which means he’ll likely be out until around the start of August.

Of course, this injury is no back-breaker for the Angels. Even as Torii Hunter remains away from the team following his son’s arrest in a sexual assault case, Angels manager Mike Scioscia can play Mike Trout, Peter Bourjos and Mark Trumbo in the outfield on most nights. Not bad. Not bad at all.

Wells, 33, is hitting .242/.282/.422 with six homers, 12 RBI and a .702 OPS over 142 plate appearances this season. He’s making $21 million per season through 2014.

  1. Ben - May 21, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    …sorry Vernon. I’m sure you understand.

  2. dgatz - May 21, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    and fantasy teams everywhere rejoiced!

  3. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - May 21, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    How could you forget him, you mentioned Pujols two sentences prior?

  4. cosanostra71 - May 21, 2012 at 8:40 PM

    he had 25 home runs last year… he still has some power, but its partially because he swings at everything.

  5. rcali - May 21, 2012 at 9:20 PM

    The happiest guy in California is Scioscia because he will no longer be forced to play a guy who offers very little these days.

    • dwrek5 - May 21, 2012 at 11:28 PM

      They got rid of Mathis a long time ago, dude.

      • cur68 - May 21, 2012 at 11:59 PM

        Mathis is doing fine in Toronto. He can even hit a lot better than expected. Threw out Zobrist stealing, too. Pretty good ball player, that Mathis.

  6. dwrek5 - May 21, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    Blessing in disguise, addition by subtraction, etc, etc

  7. cur68 - May 22, 2012 at 12:01 AM

    Wow. Sorry to hear this about Wells. I usually get on him with the Faux-Hate for being Lucifer, but needing surgery isn’t like one of his patented “turf-toe DL” stints like he used to go for in Toronto. Good luck with the digit, Vern. You’ll be back on your hooves, too-ing and fro-ing on the face of the Earth in no time, I hope.

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