Hudson activated from DL

Updated: June 16, 2004, 10:19 PM ET
Associated Press

TORONTO -- All-Star outfielder Vernon Wells was put on the 15-day disabled list by the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday because of a strained right calf.

The Blue Jays activated second baseman Orlando Hudson from the DL before Wednesday night's game at San Francisco. He had been out since May 28 with tightness in his left hamstring.

Wells joins slugger Carlos Delgado on the DL, leaving the Blue Jays minus their top two power threats.

"It's unfortunate it happened," said Wells, on the DL for only the second time since his first full major league season in 2001. "It's part of the game and you've just got to roll with the punches. I was hoping it would just be a couple of days and the soreness and swelling would get out of there. That's not possible."

He left Tuesday night's 4-3 loss to the Giants in the fourth inning with tightness in his calf. Wells was running from center field to left on Ray Durham's flyout that was caught by left fielder Frank Catalanotto. Wells slipped, pulling some grass up in the process, then felt a sharp pain in his right leg.

It was diagnosed as a mild-to-severe strain Wednesday.

"I've never felt anything like that before," he said. "It grabbed on me pretty good. I thought somebody threw a baseball at me from the stands."

Manager Carlos Tosca thought Catalanotto had reinjured his groin on the play and didn't realize Wells was hurt.

"I went up to ask Cat if he was OK and he said, 'I am, but Vernon's hurt,"' Tosca said.

In 64 games, Wells was hitting .300 with nine home runs and 30 RBIs. The Blue Jays are last in the AL East and struggling to score runs.

Delgado, nursing a ribcage injury, hit off a tee Tuesday but is likely a week away from coming back.

Hudson's return will at least give the Blue Jays another solid bat in the lineup and improve their infield defense. In 43 games, he's hitting .262 with five homers and 21 RBIs.

The Blue Jays also announced that they have signed 25 players from the draft, including third-round picks Adam Lind and Danny Hill.

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