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Saturday, March 3, 2012
Jerome Williams has plenty of time to rebound

By Mark Saxon

Angels right-hander Jerome Williams could miss a couple of weeks of camp with a strained left hamstring and still win the team's fifth-starter job, Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Saturday.

Williams injured himself during a drill Friday and was examined by team orthopedist Lewis Yocum Saturday, who determined that Williams will require roughly two weeks of "limited activity."

"There will be a window for him to catch up," Scioscia said.

The Angels, who have an open date on April 10, won't use a fifth starter until an April 15 game at Yankee Stadium, Scioscia said, giving Williams an extra nine days to get his arm ready for his season debut.

Williams went 4-0 with a 3.68 earned run average in 10 games, six of them starts, after an August promotion to the Angels last season. Rookie Garrett Richards, right-handers Trevor Bell and Eric Hurley and lefty Brad Mills also are competing to be the fifth starter.