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Wells returns tonight

Posted by Gordon Edes, Globe Staff  July 31, 2006 09:45 AM

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David Wells, who made his last start for the Sox May 26, returns to the hill tonight to face the Indians at Fenway Park.

Wells started the season on the disabled list following offseason knee surgery, made one start, then went back on the DL with what was called a sprained right knee. He returned six weeks later but was struck in the knee by a line drive by Travis Lee of the Devil Rays in the fifth inning of that May 26 game at Fenway. That injury was diagnosed as a deep bruise, and Wells has been out since.

``He's going to pitch [tonight] and I hope he pitches great," Francona said. ``He's passed all the tests. He's actually done a great job. When he got that shot in the knee, I think he thought he was done for a while. He could have hung it up; nobody would have blamed him. I'm excited for us, I'm excited for him. If he's able to give us eight, nine, 10 starts, if he's healthy he's going to win some of those starts."

Francona said he expects Wells to have a limit of 95-100 pitches, maximum.

Excerpted from the Red Sox notebook in Today's Globe

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