9/27/2013 10:50 P.M. ET
Wells returns following second LASIK surgery
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
ATLANTA -- Phillies outfielder Casper Wells vanished for a few weeks, and maybe more than a few people figured he wouldn't be back.
"I'm the ghost, I just disappear," he said Friday afternoon at Turner Field. "I was here the whole time, didn't you guys see me?"
The Phillies on Friday activated Wells from the disabled list, where he had been since Aug. 26 due to vision issues. Wells had a second round of LASIK eye surgery to correct a flaw in his vision that left him wearing contacts that dried out his eyes, which caused him serious problems on the field.
"It's nothing like, 'Oh my gosh,' but it's the fact that I can see clearly without a contact in," Wells said of his improved vision. "The vision wasn't sharp enough for me to see without contacts and perform, so I had to wear them. It was just kind of regressing. Now, I don't have to wear contacts or glasses. My vision is sharp. I was seeing 20/15 on the charts. I feel like I'm seeing comfortably without a strain, so that's good."
Wells has been with four organizations this season. He has hit a combined .128 (12-for-94) with two doubles and one RBI in 101 plate appearances with the A's, White Sox and Phillies. He joined the Blue Jays for a bit earlier this season, but never played in a game.
Wells will play winter ball after spending most of the season shuffling teams and getting limited playing time. He is eligible for salary arbitration, but is expected to be non-tendered.
Players like Freddy Galvis and Cesar Hernandez also will play winter ball. Hernandez is expected to get some playing time in left field, and maybe see some pregame action at third base. The Phillies are trying to make Hernandez as versatile as possible. He currently only plays second base and center field.
Halladay, Ruiz only impending free agents for Phils
ATLANTA -- The Phillies have just two games to play following Friday's game against the Braves at Turner Field, which means in just a few days there will be growing speculation about next season's roster and coaching staff.
Roy Halladay and Carlos Ruiz are the only players eligible for free agency.
The list for salary-arbitration players is much longer. It includes 10 players: left-handers John Lannan and Antonio Bastardo ; right-handers Kyle Kendrick and Zach Miner ; infielders Kevin Frandsen and Pete Orr ; outfielders Ben Revere, Roger Bernadina, John Mayberry Jr., and Casper Wells.
Martin named Saturday starter in Atlanta
ATLANTA -- The Phillies announced a starter for Saturday's game against the Braves at Turner Field following Friday's 1-0 loss.
It will be right-hander Ethan Martin.
Martin made seven starts for the Phillies before moving to the bullpen earlier this month. He is stretched out more than the other pitchers in the bullpen, so he could give the Phillies around three innings of work.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.