Wells dislocates toe making play for Morrow

Wells dislocates toe making play for Morrow

TORONTO -- As Blue Jays center fielder Vernon Wells sprinted through the outfield, the last thing on his mind was guarding against a potential injury. Brandon Morrow had a no-hitter going against the Rays and Wells was going to do everything he could to protect it.

"They always say there's one of those plays made when there's a no-hitter," Wells said following the Blue Jays' 1-0 win on Sunday afternoon. "In that situation, you want to go as hard as you can. Obviously, your body is out of the equation in that situation. You have to try to make the play."

With two outs in the sixth inning, Rays right fielder Ben Zobrist sent the first pitch he received from Morrow deep into the left-center field gap. Wells rapidly closed in on the fly ball and made an impressive running catch as he slammed hard into the wall, stumbling to the turf.

As the crowd at Rogers Centre roared their approval, Wells slowly shifted to his feet and jogged off the field alongside Blue Jays left fielder DeWayne Wise. Wells did his job -- keeping Morrow's no-hitter intact for the time being -- but the center fielder immediately knew something was wrong.

Wells had dislocated the big toe on his right foot and was forced to leave the game.

"I made the catch, hit the wall and I went down," Wells said. "I told D-Wise, 'I think I broke my toe.' He thought I was kidding. We were running in and I could feel that it was not in place anymore. I was hoping it would pop back in place as I was running in, but it didn't. They told me I had to come out of the game.

"I think when I landed I hit the wall. I just hit the wall the wrong way and popped it out of place."

Morrow did not complete the no-hitter, losing his bid with two outs in the ninth inning on a single by Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria. Wells' effort still helped Morrow wind up with a one-hit shutout, during which he piled up 17 strikeouts, marking the second-highest total in club history.

Morrow was grateful for Wells' catch.

"I'm disappointed he got hurt on the play," Morrow said. "But at the time, it was a great catch. They probably would've had two hits and two runs if the fence was two feet shorter."

Wells said he is scheduled to undergo an X-ray on his right foot during Monday's off-day to determine if he suffered a fracture. Until more information is known, Wells is considered day to day and likely to miss a few games.

Wells' teammates were in awe of his effort.

"He went a long ways to get that," Blue Jays first baseman Lyle Overbay said. "You could see that he was going to catch that no matter what. I think that just shows you what kind of club we've got here.

"We're willing to do those things and go all out and provide the opportunity for Brandon."

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.