Angels outfielder Vernon Wells played his first game against the Blue Jays on Friday after spending 12 years in Toronto, and he admitted it was a weird adjustment going to Spring Training with a new team.
"It was hard just having conversations with guys that you kind of watched grow up and been a part of their lives," Wells said before Friday's game. "Once Spring Training started it took a couple of days to get used to it, but now it's like I've been here for awhile. But, obviously, looking across the field and seeing my former teammates, it will set me back a couple of days, but I'll get used to it after the first inning."
Wells left Toronto ranked second all-time in hits (1,529), doubles (339), home runs (223), RBIs (813) and total bases (2,597).
Brandon Morrow (right elbow) started and took the loss for Class A Advanced Dunedin on Thursday, allowing four runs on eight hits in 2 1/3 innings. He walked one and struck out two.Angels: Wells off to slow start with Halos
Wells hasn't gotten off to a good start with the Angels, going 3-for-31 with one extra-base hit -- a double -- and one RBI.
"You're never going to get to people's expectations, no matter what you do," Wells said of his struggles. "Just go out and play baseball and hope you win more games than you lose."
Despite his slow start, Wells likes the potential of the team's lineup.
"I think it sets up to be a really nice one -- especially when Kendrys [Morales] gets back. There are guys up and down the lineup who can do a lot of things -- get runners over, bunt. Even some little guys have hit home runs. It should be fun to watch this offense. Of course, everything starts with our starting pitching -- and it's been good." Erick Aybar took ground balls Friday and hopes to get in some lateral movement with the glove Saturday. If all goes well, Aybar hopes to hit the cage soon and be back at shortstop by Monday or Tuesday.
"Early next week, I think I'll be ready to go again," said Aybar, who has a slight strain in his left oblique. "It's getting better. We just don't want to rush it this early in the season -- especially with the weather so cold. It's never been this cold since I've been here, I don't think."Worth noting
The Blue Jays activated Octavio Dotel from the 15-day disabled list Friday and optioned Casey Janssen to Triple-A Las Vegas. Dotel pitched a scoreless inning of relief to get the win in Friday's game. ... Toronto first baseman Adam Lind extended his hitting streak to seven games by going 1-for-4 on Friday.