The Angels aren't entirely sure when Jerome Williams will pitch for them again, but he sounds fairly confident it won't be long. That's encouraging news six days after Williams had to be hospitalized overnight after experiencing shortness of breath and passing out in the Angels clubhouse.
Williams threw a full-effort bullpen session Saturday and said he has felt no further trouble breathing since the incident. He has periodically suffered from asthma, but mostly when he was a toddler.
"I'm trying to forget what happened and keep going forward," Williams said.
Williams is eligible to return from the disabled list on July 4. Angels manager Mike Scioscia said he will pitch a simulated game next week in Baltimore and the team will wait for further direction from doctors and trainers before activating Williams.
At that time, they'll have to choose between Williams, rookie Garrett Richards, who pitches Sunday, and Ervin Santana for two spots in the rotation.
"Believe me, we're not going to lament the fact of having six starters in our rotation who are throwing the ball well when most teams are trying to put together two or three," Scioscia said.
Here is the Angels lineup for Sunday's series finale against the Dodgers. The Angels are trying to win their sixth straight series against their northern neighbors:
Mike Trout LF
Alberto Callaspo 3B
Albert Pujols 1B
Kendrys Morales DH
Mark Trumbo RF
Howie Kendrick 2B
Erick Aybar SS
Peter Bourjos CF
Bobby Wilson C