Vernon Wells' season went from bad to worse Monday night. The slumping outfielder suffered a right groin injury during the Angels' 8-0 loss to the White Sox and was immediately placed on the disabled list after the game.
"It's tough. He was just starting to feel his swing a little bit," teammate Torii Hunter said of Wells. "That veteran presence -- we need him. We need him in the lineup. Him and Kendrys (Morales) being out -- it's killing us. But we'll keep doing what we need to do. We've got some young guys stepping up."
Wells injured himself on a swing as he was grounding out to end the fourth inning. He tried to break out of the batter's box and run to first base but stopped almost immediately.
"I think (the injury) was on the swing, and then obviously I couldn't go anywhere," Wells said. "A.J. (Pierzynski, White Sox catcher) asked me if that was my leg that popped. I didn't know. I didn't hear anything, but he said he did."
Wells is hitting .183 but had shown signs of coming around with three home runs and seven RBI in his previous eight games. More problematic for the Angels now -- outfield is their thinnest position.
Infielders Alexi Amarista and Mark Trumbo have worked out there and seen some late-game action in the outfield. Amarista also started one game in left last week -- his first outfield start since he was in Class A in 2005. The Angels' only experienced options at Class AAA Salt Lake -- Reggie Willits and Chris Pettit -- are both hitting below .200 in the Pacific Coast League.
"We're going to get it done with the guys that are on the roster right now," manager Mike Scioscia said. "The guys that are going to do it every day are going to be the guys that have been here. They're going to get more playing time for some guys.
"There's more going to be put on some guys on this team."
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