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Angels' Vernon Wells, Howie Kendrick making progress

Kendrick-wells_325 The return of Vernon Wells and Howie Kendrick from the disabled list could happen sooner rather than later judging by the way the two players looked during pregame drills Monday. Both players ran and performed agility drills Monday morning, then hit during batting practice a couple of hours later.

Kendrick, on the DL with a right hamstring strain, is eligible to be reactivated this weekend. Wells, out since May 10 with a right groin strain, is scheduled to continue working out in Kansas City the next two days before being reevaluated. Manager Mike Scioscia said Wells with need a short minor-league rehab assignment before he's ready to return.

A strong wind is blowing out to left field at Kauffman Stadium, evidenced by the long batting practice home runs hit by the Angels' Peter Bourjos.

The lineups

Angels

2B -- Maicer Izturis

SS -- Erick Aybar

LF -- Bobby Abreu

RF -- Torii Hunter

3B -- Alberto Callaspo

DH -- Russell Branyan

1B -- Mark Trumbo

C -- Hank Conger

CF -- Peter Bourjos

P -- Ervin Santana

Kansas City Royals

LF -- Alex Gordon

CF -- Melky Cabrera

1B -- Eric Hosmer

RF -- Jeff Francoeur

DH -- Billy Butler

3B -- Wilson Betemit

C -- Matt Treanor

2B -- Chris Getz

SS -- Alcides Escobar

P -- Luke Hochevar

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-- Kevin Baxter in Kansas City

Photo: Angels left fielder Vernon Wells is congratulated by Howie Kendrick after hitting a two-run home run against the Cleveland Indians on May 7 at Angel Stadium. Credit: Stephen Dunn / Getty Images

 
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