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Angels activate Vernon Wells from disabled list

Toronto Blue Jays v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 08: Vernon Wells #10 the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim tosses his helmet to first base coach Alfredo Griffin (not pictured) after popping out to right field in the eighth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 8, 2011 in Anaheim, California. The Blue Jays defeated the Angels 3-2. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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As expected, the Angels activated Vernon Wells from the disabled list earlier today. He has been sidelined for nearly a month with a right groin strain.

Wells was cleared to return after playing in back-to-back rehab games with High-A Inland Empire on Sunday and Monday. The Angels aren’t exactly easing him back into action, as he’ll make the start in center field tonight against the Rays, according to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register.

Wells was batting just .183/.224/.303 with four homers and 13 RBI over his first 152 plate appearances this season, so the injury might have been the best thing that could have happened to him. No, he’s never going to be worth the ridiculous $81 million sum that the Angels will pay him over the next four seasons, but he could be an improvement for an offense that has scored three runs or less in six consecutive games.