Williams resting comfortably after scare

BY foxsports • June 19, 2012

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Los Angeles Angels pitcher Jerome Williams spent most of Tuesday undergoing tests at UCI Medical Center in Orange but was resting comfortably after experiencing shortness of breath after his start Monday night.

The Angels said Williams, 30, was expected to be released Tuesday afternoon and would not be present at Angel Stadium for the second game of a three-game series against the San Francisco Giants.

Williams is scheduled to return to UCI Medical Center on Wednesday for more tests, the team said.

"He felt much better once everything got calmed down a little bit," manager Mike Scioscia, who visited Williams at the hospital Monday night, said Tuesday. "He continues to feel better today, but we have to evaluate exactly what his situation is and we'll just wait for some direction from our medical department.

Williams pitched 3 1/3 innings Monday night against the Giants but was removed from the game after giving up seven hits and four runs in the Angels' 5-3 loss. He returned to the clubhouse but was taken by ambulance to the hospital after reporting shortness of breath.

Scioscia would not say if Williams might miss his next scheduled start, although it's clearly a possibility. The Angels will need to make a roster move Wednesday when pitcher Jered Weaver comes off the disabled list, and it was expected that right-hander Garrett Richards would be sent to Triple-A Salt Lake.

But if Williams is held out, the Angels will need a starter, presumably Richards. Scioscia said that Dan Haren will start Friday night against the Dodgers at Angel Stadium, but he hasn't named his pitchers for the Saturday and Sunday games.

"We're not going to make any decisions until we find out exactly where Jerome is," he said. "I don't know if this would have an impact on what might or might not happen with some of the decisions we'll have to make, but certainly, if he's out for a while, it's going to make some decisions for you."


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