3/19 Wells can see just fine

Forget the glasses. Randy Wells has given up the idea of wearing them. And they wouldn’t have helped the Cubs pitcher get out of a bases-loaded jam in the fourth on Friday.

Wells escaped a self-created mess against the White Sox in front of a Cactus League record 13,413 at Camelback Ranch-Glendale. A.J. Pierzynski singled to lead off the White Sox fourth, Wells hit the next batter and Mark Kotsay singled to fill the bases. Wells then got Mark Teahen to bounce the ball to him for a play at the plate. The next batter lined out and Juan Pierre ended the inning with a comebacker to Wells.

It was a good experience, especially since it was in a Cactus League game.

“You’d like to have it happen in Spring Training and not during the season,” Wells said of the jam. “You never want to put yourself in those positions but to be able to make pitches and get out of it and get a little lucky there [is good].”

He’s been considering wearing glasses and tested a pair during a couple side sessions. Unfortunately, they kept fogging up.

“I don’t need them to play baseball,” he said. “I don’t mind wearing glasses off the field.”

The glasses were prescribed for reading and seeing at night. When he wears them in the clubhouse, Wells said he can see a little further and read signs that he could read before.

“It’s not like you put them on and all of a sudden I’m Nolan Ryan,” Wells said. “I only need them for driving and reading. It’s an idea I had.”

— Carrie Muskat

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