Casper Wells hits DL with vision complications

Casper Wells hits DL with vision complications

August 26, 2013, 11:30 am
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Phillies outfielder Casper Wells was placed on the 15-day DL on Monday with vision complications, two days after what was likely the worst game of his life.

Wells went 0 for 7 with four strikeouts in Saturday's seven-hour marathon vs. the Diamondbacks, and when forced to pitch he allowed five earned runs in two-thirds of an inning in taking the loss.

The vision issues help explain why Wells has struggled so much with his fifth organization of the 2013 season. He's 1 for 23 as a Phillie with eight strikeouts, and is hitting .128 in just over 100 plate appearances this season.

Pete Orr takes Wells' place on the Phils' active 25-man roster. To make room for him on the 40-man roster, Ryan Howard was transferred from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL. 

Orr has been a staple of the Phillies' farm the last few years and had a productive season in the majors last year, hitting .315 in 57 plate appearances.

Orr, 34, was hitting .258/.300/.385 at Triple A Lehigh Valley this year, with four homers and 31 RBIs. He's a speedy runner who can play second base, shortstop, third base, left field and right field.

Orr has 53 career pinch-hits in 195 at-bats (.272 BA) at the major-league level.