Angels outfielder Vernon Wells left the team during the later stages of Thursday's game and wasn't with them pregame on Friday, while attending to a family emergency. Manager Mike Scioscia said he expected Wells to arrive at Rangers Ballpark in time for the game and that Mark Trumbo was going to start in left field anyway.
Albert Pujols, still battling soreness in his calf stemming from the late-August series against the Red Sox, was back at first base on Friday. Since returning from the injury on Aug. 28, Pujols has started 21 games at designated hitter and seven at first base.
"There's not as much right now that you're going to do from the preventative end," Scioscia said. "We have to grind at these last six. If he's going to set himself back by playing the field the way he's doing it in the batter's box, obviously that's a huge consideration, and that's something we'll monitor on a day-to-day basis."