Blue Jays' Wells returns to spring training

Updated: February 24, 2006, 3:36 PM ET
Associated Press

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Blue Jays center fielder Vernon Wells returned to spring training after his strained left quadriceps was examined by doctors in Toronto.

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The two-time Gold Glove winner, injured while lifting weights last weekend, participated in Friday's workout.

"I was able to jog, probably got up to 50 percent today," Wells said. "You're a little hesitant to do things just because you don't want to hurt it and have to start all over again. We'll gradually get into things now and hopefully by the end of the week get up to full speed."

Wells had returned to Toronto for treatment Thursday.

"I saw them yesterday and had a little acupuncture," he said. "I don't like needles, so it didn't go too well, but my strength is getting better, so that is all that matters."

He isn't sure whether he'll be able to play for the United States in the World Baseball Classic.

"They have until March 2 to make a decision," Wells said. "If they want to keep a spot open for me, cool, but hopefully I can be there once the first game starts March 7."


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