DETROIT—Angels Manager Mike Scioscia provided a small—but important—piece of insight to the team’s plan for Vernon Wells when the outfielder returns from a thumb injury that has sidelined him since May 21.
Scioscia would not say what kind of role Wells, the team’s starting left fielder when he got hurt, will have, but he did say his playing time will not come at the expense of All-Star outfielders Mike Trout and Mark Trumbo.
“I think Vernon understands the situation,” Scioscia said. “With the way Mike and Mark are playing, they’re going to be out there every day, and we’ll see how everything else folds in.”
Trout entered Wednesday with an American League-leading .355 average and 30 stolen bases, to go with a .408 on-base percentage, 13 homers, 44 runs batted in and 64 runs. Trumbo had a league-leading .634 slugging percentage to go with a .311 average and team-leading 26 homers and 65 RBIs.