According to Jeff Blair at the Globe and Mail, apparently V-Dub tweaked his hamstring while running an exercise earlier today. Sounds eerily similar to the same way he injured it last July - while sliding into 3rd base. It's estimated that he'll be out of for 4 weeks, and could possibly be ready for Opening Day in a limited capacity at Designated Hitter. It was just last week that we heard about how Vernon was really taking spring training seriously this year, and now this happens.
I don't want to jump the gun yet because spring training games haven't even officially started, but my blood pressure is already starting to rise. Vernon Wells is one of the big four in the lineup that really need to step it up this year, and expectations for him are higher than ever. Injuring his hamstring isn't exactly the most promising way to start the season.
After Vernon's injury-plagued seasons in 2008 and 2007, should we maybe look at buying him some sort of protective bubble that will prevent him from being injured? As I mentioned earlier, if you remember last July, Wells originally injured his hamstring after an innocent-looking routine slide into third. I didn't see this most recent injury myself, but I imagine that it was maybe a similar situation.
It's frustrating to hear about these injuries before the first pitch at Opening Day has even been thrown, but I am hopeful that Wells can get his "once-a-year" injury done and over with in spring training, and be ready to put up a solid 2009 season.