Barring setback over the next three days, #Angels OF Vernon Wells will probably begin minor league rehab with triple-A Salt Lake Friday.
— Mike DiGiovanna (@MikeDiGiovanna) July 17, 2012
Wells, who was injured while attempting to steal second base in mid-May against the Padres, underwent surgery on his right thumb and was expected to miss eight to ten weeks. This season, Wells had appeared in 38 games for the Angels, 34 as their left fielder. He had a slash line of .244/.282/.422 with only six home runs.
When he returns, the Angels may be forced to keep him on the bench. Since the injury, Mark Trumbo has appeared in left field on a consistent basis, with Mike Trout in center and Torii Hunter in right. Kendrys Morales is the full-time DH while Peter Bourjos has only 135 at bats in a backup outfielder role.