Angels' Wilson to start Friday after All-Star pullout

BY foxsports • July 12, 2012

The Angels will open the second half of their season Friday at Yankee Stadium in New York with left-hander C.J. Wilson starting, Manager Mike Scioscia announced Thursday morning.

Wilson (9-5, 2.43 earned-run average) pulled out of pitching in Tuesday's All-Star game because of a blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand.

Scioscia said the blister has healed and is a "non-issue."

"If he had pitched Tuesday ... we didn't want him to have a setback," Scioscia said at a morning voluntary workout at Angels Stadium before the team boarded a flight to New York.

Right-hander Jerome Williams (6-5, 4.46) will return from the disabled list (asthma) to start Saturday and All-Star and American League ERA leader Jered Weaver will start Sunday in New York, Scioscia said.

Williams was placed on the disabled list after experiencing breathing problems following his June 18 outing against his former team, the San Francisco Giants in Anaheim. He said afterward the problems were a combination of asthma and anxiety.

Williams has received full medical clearance from Angels physicians, and he said Thursday he's "good to go" following  two rehabilitation starts, including allowing two earned runs in six innings for Triple-A Salt Lake on Friday.

Scioscia said Williams likely "will not throw 110 pitches" but won't be on a set pitch count.

Weaver (10-1, 1.96) was "fine" after pitching in the fifth inning of the National League's 8-0 victory in the All-Star game in Kansas City, Mo., Scioscia said.

The Angels will move from New York to Detroit, where Ervin Santana (4-9, 5.75) will start the opener there.

Scioscia said he hasn't decided whether Garrett Richards or left-hander Brad Mills will start Tuesday in Detroit.

The manager watched injured starting pitcher Dan Haren (back) throw off the mound Thursday and declared the right-hander "felt great."

Haren is eligible to come off the disabled list Thursday, and Scioscia said he would discuss whether to have Haren join the Angels on the road to throw a simulated game or remain home and make a rehabilitation start.

Scioscia said in opening the post-break rotation in this order, he looked forward "about a month" into the Angels' schedule.

"It has to be in pencil," Scioscia said. "By late August, you can start looking at matchups, consider who can go on three-day's rest to give you the best chance."

--Lance Pugmire

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