As expected, the Angels activated Vernon Wells from the disabled list earlier today. He has been sidelined for nearly a month with a right groin strain.
Wells was cleared to return after playing in back-to-back rehab games with High-A Inland Empire on Sunday and Monday. The Angels aren’t exactly easing him back into action, as he’ll make the start in center field tonight against the Rays, according to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register.
Wells was batting just .183/.224/.303 with four homers and 13 RBI over his first 152 plate appearances this season, so the injury might have been the best thing that could have happened to him. No, he’s never going to be worth the ridiculous $81 million sum that the Angels will pay him over the next four seasons, but he could be an improvement for an offense that has scored three runs or less in six consecutive games.
Indians third baseman José Ramírez had to be carted off the field in the top of the third inning of Sunday afternoon’s Cactus League game agaisnt the White Sox. Ramírez fouled a pitch off of his leg during an at-bat against pitcher Sean Nolin.
MLB.com’s Mandy Bell reports that Ramírez was diagnosed with a left knee contusion after he was taken for X-rays. The X-rays were negative, per ESPN’s Jeff Passan.
Ramírez, 26, finished third in AL MVP Award voting last season, batting .270/.387/.552 with 39 home runs, 105 RBI, 110 runs scored, and 34 stolen bases across 698 plate appearances. He was worth 7.9 Wins Above Replacement, according to Baseball Reference. If Ramírez lands on the injured list, that would obviously be a huge loss for the Indians, despite being the overwhelming favorites in the AL Central entering the season.
The Indians will already start the season without second baseman Jason Kipnis and shortstop Francisco Lindor, though both are expected to return before the end of April. The infield is in rough shape at the moment.