05/31/11 10:00 PM ET
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By Robert Falkoff / Special to MLB.com
Wells approaches rehab stint
KANSAS CITY -- The Angels say Vernon Wells, recovering from a sore right groin, has progressed to a point where the club is thinking about a rehab assignment for the veteran outfielder."He's running at 100 percent," manager Mike Scioscia said. "There are some conditioning issues that he's going to continue to work through with his leg. He'll need a couple of more days to ramp that up. He's taking soft toss [Wednesday], we'll start batting practice. Hopefully, he'll be ready for a couple of games on a rehab as we get through the weekend." Infielder Howard Kendrick (hamstring) could return to the lineup this weekend against the Yankees.
Scioscia likes Halos' direction
KANSAS CITY -- After watching Bobby Abreu and Torii Hunter combine to go 7-for-10 with four extra base hits on Monday, Angels manager Mike Scioscia was feeling optimistic about where his ballclub might be headed.Abreu, who didn't start on Tuesday with left-hander Jeff Francis on the mound, has hit .354 over his last 13 games, while Hunter has hit .375 over a 10-game stretch. "Those two guys are really the foundation of what we need to do," Scioscia said. Scioscia lauded table-setters Maicer Izturis and Erick Aybar for doing an outstanding job all season and looks forward to the return of Vernon Wells (groin) and Howard Kendrick (hamstring). Put all those ingredients together and Scioscia can envision the makings of a potent attack. "Our lineup will get deep and hopefully we'll be more consistent," Scioscia said.
Wilson gets rare start at DH
KANSAS CITY -- With the Angels facing a left-hander on Tuesday night and with a day game looming on Wednesday, manager Mike Scioscia took the opportunity to get some bench players into the lineup for the second game of the Kansas City series.Bobby Wilson got the call in the designated-hitter slot with Jeff Mathis catching and Reggie Willits in left field. Bobby Abreu took a breather. "It's a good matchup for Bobby Wilson to get in there against the lefty," Scioscia said. "Depth is important and hopefully we're going to see something tonight." Wilson had made just five appearances over a 49-game span prior to Tuesday.
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