Angels' Vernon Wells hitting the road to California
Vernon Wells had a big road trip scheduled Sunday. And it had nothing to do with baseball.
Wells, traded to the Angels in late January, hasn't found a place to live in Southern California. So after playing in Sunday afternoon's Cactus League exhibition against the Seattle Mariners, he planned to drive from Tempe to Orange County to do some house hunting. The Angels have Monday off, the team's only day off during spring training.
Wells, who lives in Texas and played his whole career in Toronto, was looking forward to a change of scenery.
"I get to go look at some nice places," he said. "I'm looking forward to going to see the beach.”
Wells said he planned to drive back to Arizona on Monday night.
As for the players who stayed in town, 16 were scheduled to take part in a "B" game Monday morning at Tempe Diablo Stadium. The game was scheduled mainly to give left-hander Scott Kazmir a chance to stay on his regular pitching schedule, which calls for him to throw five innings, or about 70 pitches, on Monday. But with roster cuts expected Sunday and Monday, the Angels were also planning to use the game to get another look at some players ticketed for minor league camp. Among those expected to play are catcher Hank Conger, outfielders Chris Pettit and Mike Trout, top infield prospect Jean Segura and right-hander Loek Van Mil.
-- Kevin Baxter in Tempe, Ariz.
Photo: Angels outfielder Vernon Wells during a spring training game. Credit: Jake Roth / US Presswire