Angels' Jerome Williams hospitalized

Updated: June 19, 2012, 3:34 AM ET
By Mark Saxon | ESPNLosAngeles.com

ANAHEIM -- Los Angeles Angels pitcher Jerome Williams was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was to remain overnight for precautionary reasons, after experiencing shortness of breath during the Angels' 5-3 loss to the San Francisco Giants Monday.

Williams (6-5) was the starting pitcher, lasting 3 1/3 innings and allowing four runs on seven hits. Angels manager Mike Scioscia said there was no indication Williams was feeling unwell until he had been lifted from the game.

Angels right fielder Torii Hunter said Williams passed out in the Angels' clubhouse during the game. He was taken to UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange.

"I found out in the fifth inning when the trainers came down and told us that Jerome was on his way to the hospital," Hunter said. "It was a tough thing to hear. We didn't know what was going on. We knew he passed out in the locker room and had trouble breathing. At that point, all you could do was say a little prayer. Hopefully he's doing all right. I hope all it was is that he was a little amped up for the game."

"They're going to run some tests and see what they can find," Scioscia said. "I think he's feeling much better right now than he did when he left, but obviously we have to take it one step at a time and, hopefully, it's not going to be anything serious."

"It's tough when your teammate, your brother, is going through some things," Hunter said following the game. "I mean, you try to focus in on the game, but at the same time you're thinking about your brother in between pitches. They say he's going to be OK, and hopefully we'll see him (Tuesday)."

Williams, 30, returned to the major leagues last season for the first time since 2007. The former Giants first-round pick spent the entire 2010 season pitching in Taiwan.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Mark Saxon

ESPNLosAngeles.com
Mark Saxon is a staff writer for ESPNLosAngeles.com. He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.

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