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5.10.2008

Wells Lands on Wrist, DL

Oh shit
Vernon Wells was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Toronto Blue Jays Saturday with a broken left wrist, and is expected to miss the next 6-8 weeks of the season.

The two-time All-Star center-fielder was injured while making a spectacular diving catch Friday night in Cleveland, when he came down on his left hand while robbing Franklin Gutierrez of an extra-base hit.

The loss of Wells is the latest of many frustrations to hit the banged-up Blue Jays. Averaging just 3.1 runs over the last 23 games, they are also without infielders David Eckstein and John McDonald, who landed on the DL with a strained right hip flexor and sprained right ankle, respectively, on Thursday. Kevin Mench is Canadian  now.Reliever Jeremy Accardo is also out of commission, after experiencing tightness in his right forearm.

Of course, the Jays are somewhat prepared. They signed Brad Wilkerson and acquired Kevin Mench from the Texas Rangers on Friday in an attempt to toughen up their crappy offense.

Alex Rios is now expected to move to center field to replace Wells, and Wilkerson will play mostly in right, with Mench platooning left with Shannon Stewart and maybe even DHing with Matt Stairs.

[National Post] | [Blue Jays Locker] | [Disabled List Informer] | [The Southpaw]


3 Comments:

Bassmaster said...

I think everyone knew that sucker was broken once he hit the grass. No funny signed baseballs for a while, I guess!

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