LA Angels of Anaheim: Vernon Wells to Have Surgery Tuesday, out 8-10 Weeks

Michael Nargi@NargOnSportsSenior Analyst IMay 22, 2012

ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 19:  Vernon Wells #10 of the Los Angeles Angels reacts to his pop fly caught at the warning track during the fifth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 19, 2012 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are fortunate that they have great depth in their outfield, because they will be without Vernon Wells for quite a while.

Wells, who injured himself sliding into second attempting to steal a base, has suffered a torn ligament in his thumb that will require surgery. 

Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times tweeted the news on Monday: 

Diagnosis on #Angels LF Vernon Wells: He will be out for 8-10 weeks after having surgery to repair torn ligament in right thumb.

— Mike DiGiovanna (@MikeDiGiovanna) May 21, 2012

ESPN.com reports that Wells will have surgery on the ulnar collateral ligament at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedics in Los Angeles.

Wells was only hitting .244 this season with six home runs and 12 RBI in 38 games. Peter Bourjos will undoubtedly see more playing time in the outfield while Wells is out.

The leader of the Angels outfield has been Mike Trout, and he will have to continue to play great over the next few months.

Wells was not a big contributor to the Angels offense, and it might be beneficial to the Angels, as they can now begin to see what they have in the outfield after they are freed of Wells' big contract.

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