ANAHEIM -- As a result of shortstop Jean Segura's departure in the deal that brought starter Zack Greinke from the Brewers to the Angels, outfielder Vernon Wells has been activated from the 60-day disabled list.
Wells had been out since May 21 with a broken right thumb. In 38 games before being placed on the DL, Wells was batting .244 with six home runs and 12 RBIs. In seven rehab games at Triple-A Salt Lake, the 33-year-old was 8-for-26 with two home runs, a double and three RBIs.
Wells' spot with the Angels is much different than when he left the team, however. After he was placed on the DL, the Angels called up outfielder Mike Trout, who has since become an All-Star, Rookie of the Year and MVP candidate. He's an immovable part of the Angels now.
Wells is making $21 million a year until 2014 to be a bench player, something he obviously didn't consider when he came to Anaheim. Though his role on the team will be relegated to the bench, with starts in the outfield and as the designated hitter spread throughout, Wells has accepted it.
It wasn't easy at first, but he said he knows it's what's best for the team at the moment.
"It'll be different, but just as anything in this game goes along, you make adjustments," Wells said. "This will just be another case of that. I'm going through something different later on in my career."
Before Wells left the team, the Angels were 18-25 and eight games behind the Rangers for first place in the American League West. Since then, they are 36-20 and five games back in the division.
There are always players coming up, such as Trout and fellow outfielder Mark Trumbo, that are going to become the next best thing, Wells said. But whether he'd be better off with another team and getting more playing time, isn't for him to decide, and he hasn't brought it up with coaches or management, either.
"I think about everything, on and off the field," Wells said. "But they haven't talked to me about it. I'm usually not the person that's going to cause trouble in any situation. I put myself in this situation."