Vernon Wells was sore from a crash into the left-field wall Wednesday night, but it was his eyesore of a batting average, along with some other hideous numbers, that kept him out of the lineup Thursday night. "He was a little banged up," Manager Mike Scioscia said. "But he was going to get the day off anyway." (Wells entered the game in the seventh inning and struck out in the eighth.) The Angels are at a loss to explain Wells' dramatic decline since the 32-year-old was acquired from Toronto in January. Wells was a career .280 hitter who averaged 25 home runs and 90 runs batted in for 91/2 seasons. Four and a half months into 2011, he's hitting .201 with 17 homers and 46 RBIs. Though he's never been known for his patience, Wells averaged 45 walks a year before the trade. He has 15 walks this season and is so anxious at the plate he rarely gets to three-ball counts.
Angels' slumping Vernon Wells is kept out of starting lineup
Los Angeles Times | Aug 19