Vernon Wells is expected to rejoin the Angels by the end of July, but the question is what the team’s plans are for him? Wells was batting just .244 with six homers and 12 RBI over 38 games before going down with a thumb injury at the end of May. He was playing regularly before getting hurt, but since he went down, Mark Trumbo has produced at a high level and Mike Trout has become a star. There is little doubt that Torii Hunter will continue to get everyday at-bats and Kendrys Morales has done a nice job as the designated hitter. And, what about Peter Bourjos? I can’t believe trading Bourjos is an option for the Angels, so that leaves Wells without a role. The Angels don’t want to pay Wells $21 million to sit on the bench, but it’s probably the best option for the team. The Angels were 18-24 and in last place in the AL West when Wells went down, and since then they’ve gone 30-14 and have a firm grasp on one of the American League Wild Card spots. Trading Wells is almost impossible even if the Angels eat most of the contract. Don’t forget about the no-trade clause that Wells has in his pocket and only one can assume he won’t be waiving it anytime soon.
In other fantasy news…..
- The Marlins are likely to begin using a closer-by-committee once games resume at the end of the week. Manager Ozzie Guillen finds himself in a tough spot with Heath Bell. Steve Cishek figures to be first in line for saves. Randy Choate and Edward Mujica could also get opportunities in certain situations. Juan Carlos Oviedo will rejoin the Marlins at the end of July after serving an eight-week suspension.
- Jacoby Ellsbury (shoulder) is all systems go to return tomorrow against the Rays and Carl Crawford (elbow) is expected to make his season debut Monday against the White Sox.
- Dillion Gee is scheduled to have shoulder surgery and could be done for the year.
- The Dodgers appear to be getting healthy as Matt Kemp (hamstring) is scheduled to return to centerfield on Friday against the Padres and Andre Either (oblique) should be back on Monday.
- The Diamondbacks are listening to offers for Justin Upton. This goes far beyond the baseball field and Upton’s struggles in the first half of the season. Upton and upper management have been at odds for awhile now with comments made in the press and if the team can get back two top level prospects, Upton will be on the move.
- Ben Sheets could be starting for the Braves on Sunday. There is not one format that I can comfortable recommend Sheets to you. The fact that the Braves are even entertaining this possibility should scare the crap out of all Braves fans. Stay away.
- Emilio Bonifacio (thumb) will be activated from the disabled list on Friday. He went 2-19 in his minor league rehab, but the most important part is that Bonifacio came out healthy.
- Lance Berkman (knee) should return to the Cardinals lineup on Monday.