Los Angeles Angels' Vernon Wells out 6 to 10 Weeks with Thumb Injury

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IMay 21, 2012

ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 15:  Vernon Wells #10 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim bats against the Oakland Athletics during a game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 15, 2012 in Anaheim, California.  The Angels beat the Athletics 4-0.  (Photo by Jonathan Moore/Getty Images)
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Los Angeles Angels outfielder Vernon Wells has suffered a torn ligament in his right thumb and will miss somewhere between six and 10 weeks.

The news comes from LA Times' Mike DiGiovanna:

#Angels LF Vernon Wells diagnosed with torn ligament in his right thumb. Will undergo surgery Tuesday. Probably out 6-8 weeks minimum.

— Mike DiGiovanna (@MikeDiGiovanna) May 21, 2012

Of course, "minimum" means best-case scenario, and FOX sports' Jon Morosi gives a bit of a bleaker outlook:

BREAKING: #Angels outfielder Vernon Wells will miss 8-10 weeks due to surgery on ulnar collateral ligament in right thumb tomorrow.

— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) May 21, 2012

This comes as a significant blow for the 18-24 Angels.

Wells is hitting 30 points below his career batting average, but he has continued to provide solid pop for his team. The 33-year-old has knocked out six home runs and is slugging .422. 

These certainly aren't Earth-shattering numbers, but Wells served as a solid mainstay for the middle-to-late portion of Los Angeles' lineup, usually hitting sixth or seventh. 

Additionally, and most importantly, this injury kills Los Angeles' depth in the outfield, especially with Ryan Langerhans also heading to the DL

Mike Trout, Peter Bourjos and Mark Trumbo can serve as the starters, and eventually Torii Hunter will be back, but the Angels don't have many reliable options after that. 

Wells may not be spectacular on the field anymore, but Angels fans will realize his worth now that he's gone for an extended period.