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Casper Wells’ crazy season: Five teams, .128 batting average, and now vision problems

Aug 26, 2013, 1:46 PM EDT

Casper Wells AP

Casper Wells has played for approximately 100 teams this season, getting passed around on waivers like some sort of outfielder version of an all-time quarterback, and now that he finally had a chance to stick in one place for the Phillies he’s headed to the disabled list.

Wells, who went 0-for-7 with four strikeouts at the plate Saturday and also took the loss as a pitcher when he allowed five runs in an emergency situation, has been shut down with what the Phillies are calling “vision problems.”

Wells has shown the ability to be a solid part-time player in the past, but this season he’s hit .128 in 52 games while spending time in five different organizations, striking out in 31 of 101 plate appearances.

  1. dondada10 - Aug 26, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    Was that a Brett Farve joke?

    • ryanhowardsnose - Aug 27, 2013 at 2:54 PM

      Who’s Brett Farve?

  2. cubfan531 - Aug 26, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    He pitched for the White Sox earlier in the year, and was apparently in the low-90s as well.

    • jwbiii - Aug 26, 2013 at 2:24 PM

      http://www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=9700&position=P#pitchtype

      • cubfan531 - Aug 26, 2013 at 4:17 PM

        Thanks. I think I saw that he hit 93 at one point. Which isn’t unreasonable, I’d imagine some relatively high variance in a position player’s pitch velocity, given their lack of practice and perfected mechanics on the mound.

    • dondada10 - Aug 26, 2013 at 2:25 PM

      Casper or Kip?

  3. asimonetti88 - Aug 26, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    I can see how it would be hard to hit with that kind of instability.

    • mikedi33 - Aug 26, 2013 at 2:27 PM

      Opposite way around, inability to hit causes the instability. He is 1 for 23 as a Phillie.

  4. dlhouse18 - Aug 26, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    How ironic.

  5. chacochicken - Aug 26, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    Hither came Casper the Wanderer, shave-headed, sullen-eyed, bat in hand, a thief, a reaver, a non roster invitee, designated for assignment with gigantic melancholies and gigantic mirth, to tread the jeweled stadiums of MLB under his cleated feet.

  6. Jonny 5 - Aug 26, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    Update: He’s been diagnosed with “walleye vision”

    • deepstblu - Aug 26, 2013 at 3:46 PM

      Sounds fishy to me.

  7. silverdeer - Aug 26, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    Just put a fishbowl on his head full of water. He will be able to see the pitches then.

  8. foreverchipper10 - Aug 27, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    So what you are really saying is he’s no Wilson Valdez.

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