Vernon Wells is expected to rejoin the Angels by the end of July, but the question is what the team’s plans are for him? Wells was batting just .244 with six homers and 12 RBI over 38 games before going down with a thumb injury at the end of May. He was playing regularly before getting hurt, but since he went down, Mark Trumbo has produced at a high level and Mike Trout has become a star. There is little doubt that Torii Hunter will continue to get everyday at-bats and Kendrys Morales has done a nice job as the designated hitter. And, what about Peter Bourjos? I can’t believe trading Bourjos is an option for the Angels, so that leaves Wells without a role. The Angels don’t want to pay Wells $21 million to sit on the bench, but it’s probably the best option for the team. The Angels were 18-24 and in last place in the AL West when Wells went down, and since then they’ve gone 30-14 and have a firm grasp on one of the American League Wild Card spots. Trading Wells is almost impossible even if the Angels eat most of the contract. Don’t forget about the no-trade clause that Wells has in his pocket and only one can assume he won’t be waiving it anytime soon.
Heath Bell imploded again Sunday and the Miami Marlins big offseason acquisition has been a disaster from Day 1 and one of the main reasons the Marlins sit nine games out of first place at the All-Star break. Bell allowed three runs on three hits and he walked two batters in Sunday’s walk-off loss to the Cardinals. It was Bell’s sixth blown save of the season, and he’s now the owner of a hideous 6.75 ERA through 40 appearances this season. After this meltdown, Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen indicated after Sunday’s that a change in the ninth inning might be coming. Guillen had already indicated before Bell’s latest blown save Sunday that Juan Carlos Oviedo could at least have a chance to share the closer job when he returns later this month.