San Diego, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels left fielder Vernon Wells talks with a team trainer after suffering an apparent injury on a stolen base during the second inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Wells left the game. Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE
The Angels are now adding injury to the insult of their 2012 season.
Wells sported a cast on his right hand and Langerhans was wearing a sleeve to protect his right shoulder. Both will travel to Anaheim for follow-up MRIs on Monday, but neither injury is expected to change the status of Torii Hunter, who’s been on the restricted list for a week and will remain in Texas until the situation surrounding his teenage son (charged with sexual assault of a child) is resolved.
Wells was hurt after stealing second base in the second inning, injuring the thumb while trying to catch himself after the pop-up slide.
“It didn’t feel very good when it happened,” said Wells, who stayed in the game, took his position in left field for the bottom half, then was removed in the middle of the third inning.
Langerhans, who was added to the Angels' roster to replace Hunter, hurt his shoulder on a diving catch attempt in extra innings. The Angels had to finish the game with Albert Pujols at third base and Howie Kendrick in left field; it was a bobble of a ball by Kendrick that helped the Padres score the winning run.
No roster moves have yet been announced to replace the injured Wells and Langerhans. Such is the spring of the Angels' discontent.