Vernon Wells coping with prolonged slump

Vernon Wells reacts to a strike against the

Vernon Wells reacts to a strike against the Los Angeles Dodgers during game two of a doubleheader. (June 19, 2013) (Credit: Jim McIsaac)

Vernon Wells didn't know the exact numbers but said that bit of information was unnecessary.

"I don't need to know the numbers," the slumping outfielder said before Thursday night's game. "I know they're terrible."

Indeed.

Wells, who started in leftfield Thursday night, went 0-for-3 and is in a 9-for-90 (.100) skid. His solid April, when he hit .300 with a .366 OBP with six homers and 13 RBIs, never seemed more distant.

"It's not easy when you're going through stuff like this," said Wells, who was hitting .224 overall with a .266 OBP, 10 homers and 27 RBIs.

Joe Girardi has remained steadfast in his support of Wells and plans to keep putting the 34-year-old in the lineup.

"We still believe he's going to get it done," Girardi said. "I know he's capable of doing it because I watched it with my own eyes. I saw him do it in April and I believe he can still get it done."

Wells, who has been working with hitting coach Kevin Long to shorten his swing, called the manager's continuing confidence "awesome."

"I have to repay him for that," Wells said.

Hamstring slows top pick

Yankees first-round pick Eric Jagielo, assigned to Class-A Staten Island after signing last week, won't make his professional debut for a couple of weeks because of a hamstring injury he played with the latter part of the season at Notre Dame.

"We're just taking it slow," scouting director Damon Oppenheimer said. "We want to get him 100 percent before he plays any games. He'll be all right."

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