- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 21, 2009

DUNEDIN, FLA. (AP) - Vernon Wells tested his left hamstring Saturday, playing the outfield for the first time this spring during Toronto’s 9-7 loss to the Houston Astros.

The two-time All-Star spent five innings in center for the Blue Jays but did not have a ball hit his way. At the plate, he singled off starter Jose Capellan for his first hit of the spring and finished 1-for-3.

More importantly, Wells showed no signs of discomfort while advancing from first to third on Adam Lind’s single.

Wells went down with a strained hamstring Feb. 23, re-injuring the hamstring that kept him on the disabled list for a month late last season. He was Toronto’s designated hitter Friday, going 0-for-2 against Tampa Bay.

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