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Vernon Wells activated from disabled list

Jul 28, 2012, 11:15 AM EDT

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It went largely unnoticed in the excitement of the Zack Greinke deal, but the Angels activated Vernon Wells from the disabled list prior to last night’s game against the Rays.

Wells had been out since May 21 after fracturing his right thumb while stealing a base. He went 8-for-26 (.308) with two home runs, a double and three RBI in seven games during his recent minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Salt Lake.

Wells didn’t play in last night’s game and will have to get used to sitting on the bench regularly. According to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register, Angels manager Mike Scioscia plans to use him in place of Kendrys Morales in the DH spot against left-handed pitching and in the outfield when when someone needs a day off.

Wells would naturally prefer to be in the lineup on an everyday basis, but he’s ready to accept to his new diminished role.

“At first, it was kind of hard,” Wells said. “Now — it just is what it is. You go out when you get a chance to play and approach the game like you did when you were a kid. Go out and have fun, try to help the team win.

“It’ll be different. Just as with anything as this game goes along, you make adjustments.”

Wells was batting .242/.282/.422 with six homers, 12 RBI through 38 games this season prior to the injury and has a .669 OPS in 671 plate appearances dating back to the start of last season. The 33-year-old is still owed $21 million in both 2013 and 2014.

  1. heathater4lifeson - Jul 28, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    I wonder if it’s a lot easier to take that “diminished” role when u are making a “ridiculous” 20M?

  2. pisano - Jul 28, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    Maybe they can trade him to the Red Sox for Carl Crawford, two total busts.

    • Old Gator - Jul 28, 2012 at 1:23 PM

      great news for the Rangers.

    • dwrek5 - Jul 28, 2012 at 2:08 PM

      Trade?!?!?! That contract is untradeable. Oh, wait…

      • Old Gator - Jul 28, 2012 at 2:20 PM

        The only thing I can think of when I ponder that trade is that maybe the Angels thought his contract was in Canadian dollars. Too bad they didn’t bother to check the exchange rate.

  3. jikkle49 - Jul 28, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    Of course there really isn’t a lot he can say about the situation. Even he’s smart enough to know he’s not even close to being a better option than Trout and Trumbo out there.

    Of course making 21 million to play every once in a while doesn’t hurt either. If he was really dying to play than I’m sure if he reworked his deal to make far less than 21 million a year than somebody would trade for him.

  4. deathmonkey41 - Jul 28, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    Really? And Angels fans weren’t pouring into the streets and celebrating?

  5. cosanostra71 - Jul 28, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    so stoked I can hardly contain myself

  6. randygnyc - Jul 29, 2012 at 1:45 AM

    Jikkle- he can’t dramatically alter his contract, even if it was his greatest singular desire. The union wouldn’t allow it.

    Vernon realizes he can’t do enough to earn the money he’ll be paid. Even if he played daily. I suspect he’s the kind of guy who will just try to make himself inconspicuous without rocking the boat. Kinda like Jesse James as he was interacting with the stage coach. Go in quietly, disguised and to leave without drawing to much attention.

    • ezthinking - Jul 29, 2012 at 2:09 AM

      I am a Wells fan because he has always called it like it is. That said, you’re stone wrong on the options.

      Players can and do change their contracts to meet team/personal needs. As usual, don\’t let facts get in the way of your opinions.

      For example

      Todd Helton:

      $19.1M 2011 salary and $4.6M 2012 buyout converted to $4.6M signing bonus in 2011 and $6M salary for 2011, with $13.1M deferred to 2014-2023 at 3% interest

      So : 2012: $4.9M, and 2013: $5M

      Helton may void extension if Rockies’ controlling partners sell their interest in the club.

      Thanks Cot’s Baseball Contracts.

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