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."
Angels place Aybar on 15-day disabled list
ANAHEIM -- The Angels did what they had initially hoped they wouldn't have to do on Friday, placing Erick Aybar on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured right big toe and calling up Andrew Romine from Triple-A Salt Lake.
Aybar fouled a ball off his right big toe on July 21, and the Angels had hoped it would heal quickly enough to avoid a trip to the DL. Aybar finished the at-bat, but was taken out of the game in the next half-inning. After a week of tests and deliberation, the Angels decided the DL was the best option.
Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Aybar had been feeling better, but apparently he wasn't healing as quickly as they had hoped.
In 91 games this season, the shortstop is batting .257 with four home runs and 28 RBIs. Since June 11, he's batting .322, including all four homers.
To replace Aybar, Romine was called up for the third time this season. He was most recently called up on June 18 and went 4-for-6 with an RBI before being sent down on July 17 to make room for Garrett Richards' return to the rotation.
In 65 games with Salt Lake this season, Romine was batting .288 with three home runs and 29 RBIs.
Joe McIntyre is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.