Much-maligned Angels outfielder Vernon Wells tweeted out tonight that he has a torn ligament in his thumb. LA Times beat writer Mike DiGiovanna then tweeted that he expected Wells to be out at least eight to ten weeks with the injury. Wells injured the thumb on a stolen base attempt in the second inning of Sunday’s game against the Padres.
Angels fans (including our own Scotty Allen and Garrett Wilson) are rather excited about the news, as harsh as it sounds, due to Wells’s struggles this season and the negative effect he’s had on the team’s offense this year. His stat line for the year is .244/.282/.422, just a year removed from an abysmal debut campaign in Los Angeles that saw him post a line of .218/.248/.412. One thing Wells can still do well is hit for power, as he hit 25 homers a year ago, and has six this season. But his absolutely horrendous plate discipline, awful defense, and massive contract has made Angels fans detest the man since he’s come into town.
The only problem with the injury is that it’s come with Torii Hunter currently on a sabbatical from the team while his son deals with sexual assault charges in Texas. The injury to Wells will allow Mike Trout to continue to play every day and ignite the Angels offense, while Peter Bourjos will probably rejoin the lineup after being benched due to offensive struggles. With Hunter out, Mark Trumbo has been playing right field, with the team sacrificing defense for offense. Considering the struggles of their offense this year, I think that’s a trade that the Angels will have to make. When Hunter rejoins the team, they’ll have an interesting case on their hands when it comes to Trumbo and Bourjos, as well as struggling third baseman Alberto Callaspo.
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