Jays' Wells appears ready for start of Classic

Updated: February 28, 2006, 4:48 PM ET
Associated Press

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Toronto center fielder Vernon Wells played in the Blue Jays' intrasquad game Tuesday, and appears ready for the World Baseball Classic.

Wells, who won his second straight Gold Glove last season, is among 30 players on the U.S. roster for the tournament, scheduled for March 3-20. He strained his left quad lifting weights eight days ago, and it was believed he might miss the first round.

However, he played three innings in center field and popped out and grounded out in his two at-bats.

"It was very good," Wells said. "I was able to do everything 100 percent. I'm ready to go."

As for playing in the WBC, Wells said, "I think so. I've got to talk to my chiefs, Gibby [manager John Gibbons] and J.P. [general manager J.P. Ricciardi], I think it will be the consciences hopefully."

Gibbons didn't notice any limitations in Wells' play.

"He was moving like nothing ever happened," Gibbons said. "I didn't see any hesitation or anything. We'll know better tomorrow."


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