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Vernon Wells exits Angels game with groin strain

Vernon Wells

Los Angeles Angels’ Vernon Wells swings at a pitch against the Chicago White Sox during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Monday, May 9, 2011. Wells left the game with an injury after the at-bat. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

AP

.183-hitting Vernon Wells came out of Monday night’s game against the White Sox after injuring his groin and was replaced by Howie Kendrick, with Alexi Amarista moving from second base to left field.

Wells was injured while running out a grounder.

It would hardly seem to be the worst thing for the Angels if Wells needed to sit out 7-10 days and could then go get at-bats in the minors for a week. While the $21 million-per-year outfielder has hit three homers during May, he’s still batting just .212 for the month. For the season, he has four homers, 13 RBI and a 30/7 K/BB ratio in 142 at-bats.

If Wells goes on the DL, the Angels would likely call up Reggie Willits and start Bobby Abreu in left field most of the time. That’d allow the Angels to play both Maicer Izturis and Alberto Callaspo, with Callaspo typically DHing.