MIAMI -- All along, Vernon Wells maintained that it was only a matter of time before he found his rhythm and timing and started making things happen with the bat. That time apparently has arrived.
In the first six games of the Four Corners road trip in Seattle and New York, Wells has hit .292 with three homers and seven RBIs. Over his past 19 games, he has six homers and 14 RBIs. After a dismal start, he was just starting to come around when he strained his right groin on May 9, returning on June 6.
"There are plenty of at-bats, plenty of games to go," said Wells, who is coming off a three-hit, three-RBI performance on Sunday against the Mets, his best in an Angels uniform. "I don't care what happened before. Move on. I'm just trying to take good swings."
Wells was in center field for Monday night's series opener against the Marlins. It was his eighth start at his natural position. He has been in left for 38 games. Peter Bourjos, hitting .357 on the road trip and covering his customary acres of ground, was the odd man out with Bobby Abreu in left and Torii Hunter in right. Hunter is the only player to have appeared in all 73 Angels games through Sunday.