Angels outfielder Vernon Wells has made significant progress this weekend in his rehabilitation from a strained muscle in his right groin.
According to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register, Wells ran “the curve of the basepaths on the outfield grass at nearly full speed” on Saturday afternoon and also performed some agility drills.
Wells told Plunkett after the workout that he expects to begin taking batting practice within the next few days. A rehab assignment would soon follow.
“It felt really good,” Wells said Saturday. “It’s hard to tell right now – my lower half is sore from all the work we’ve been doing. But – so far, so good. It’s responded well to everything we’ve done. … I’d like to be playing on the next homestand.”
Wells has been sidelined since May 9. He’s aiming to return to the Angels’ lineup in about 10 days.
Free agent right-hander Henderson Alvarez signed a deal with the Tigres de Quintana Roo of the Mexican Baseball League earlier this week, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Friday. The righty wasn’t necessarily too fringey a player to hack it in the big leagues, but there were no MLB takers in attendance during his showcase in Venezuela last month and he clearly felt it best to try his luck elsewhere.
The 27-year-old’s last major league gig came with the Phillies, for whom he delivered a 4.30 ERA, 6.8 BB/9 and 3.7 SO/9 over 14 2/3 innings in 2017. While he’s not too far removed from his first and only All-Star bid in 2014, he was besieged by shoulder issues in 2015 and 2016 and underwent season-ending surgeries as a result.
That added injury risk, coupled with the fact that he hasn’t pitched more than 22 innings in a single season since 2014, may have been too much for major league teams to take on this spring. Assuming he steers clear of further injuries, however, a return to the majors may not be entirely out of the question in years to come.