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Blue Jays' Wells returns to spring training

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

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."