Whatever the Angels thought they were getting when they traded for Vernon Wells, this is not it.

With Wells plumbing new depths in his season-long slump, the veteran outfielder was benched by Manager Mike Scioscia for Thursday's series finale against the Texas Rangers.

Scioscia said Wells was "a little sore" after running into the left-field wall in pursuit of Michael Young's ninth-inning double Wednesday but "even if he wasn't banged up" would have been on the bench.

Wells entered the game in the seventh as a defensive replacement for Bobby Abreu and struck out when he batted in the eighth.

Before the game, Scioscia would not say how long Wells - .200 batting average, .232 on-base percentage and a 68-15 strikeout-to-walk numbers - would be on the bench, hinting that it could be more than a one-day visit.

"At times, it's not bad when you're sitting two or three days to catch your breath," Scioscia said.

Though Wells was acquired to plug a hole in the middle of the lineup, the Angels won't miss his production if Scioscia opts to keep him on the bench. After Thursday's game, Wells is hitless in his past 13at-bats, 3 for his past 37 (.081), 11 for 89 (.123) over his past 23 games and batting .174 (28 for 161) since a mid-June power surge provided the only signs of life in his bat all season.