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Angels' Jerome Williams released after spending night in hospital

He is resting at home after experiencing shortness of breath following his short pitching outing against San Francisco. Team won't make any rotation decisions until more is known about his condition.

June 19, 2012|By Mike DiGiovanna
  • Angels starter Jerome Williams delivers a pitch during the first inning of Monday's game against the San Francisco Giants.
Angels starter Jerome Williams delivers a pitch during the first inning… (Chris Carlson / Associated…)

Jerome Williams, who spent the night in a hospital after experiencing breathing problems following his 31/3 -inning stint Monday night against the San Francisco Giants, was released Tuesday afternoon and was resting at home Tuesday night.

A team spokesman said the right-hander will return to UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange on Wednesday for further tests.

"He felt much better once everything calmed down a bit," said Manager Mike Scioscia, who visited Williams in the hospital Monday night. "He feels better today. We're just waiting for some direction from our medical department."

Tuesday afternoon, Williams, who has a history of asthma and battled weight problems in the past, used Twitter to thank fans for their "thoughts and prayers." He also tweeted, "Wanted to let everyone know that I'm feeling better. Gonna get some rest so I can be back on that mound competing again."

Williams gave up four runs and seven hits and walked three in a 5-3 loss to the Giants. He complained of shortness of breath and, according to right fielder Torii Hunter, he "passed out" in the clubhouse. Williams was taken by ambulance to the hospital, where he underwent a battery of tests.

Scioscia said it's too early to determine whether Williams will have to miss a start or go on the disabled list. At the very least, it will probably give Garrett Richards, who was in danger of being sent to triple-A Salt Lake to make rotation room for Jered Weaver, one more start.

Weaver, out since May 29 because of a lower-back strain, will pitch against San Francisco on Wednesday night. Dan Haren will start Friday night against the Dodgers, and Ervin Santana is expected to start Saturday.

"We're not going to make any decisions," Scioscia said, "until we know exactly where Jerome is."

Cleaning up

Mark Trumbo has been the team's most consistent slugger, taking a .319 average and team-leading 16 homers and 42 runs batted in into Tuesday night's game.

The right-handed-hitting outfielder also had the same .319 average against right-handers (46 for 144) as he did left-handers (23 for 72), and his slugging percentage against righties (.590) wasn't far off his mark against lefties (.681).

But Scioscia said he will continue to use switch-hitter Kendrys Morales in the cleanup spot and Trumbo fifth against right-handers, even though Morales is batting .270 with seven homers and 23 RBIs and entered Tuesday with four hits in his last 32 at-bats from the left side.

Trumbo will continue to bat cleanup against lefties, as he did against the Giants' Barry Zito on Tuesday night.

"We talk about lineups every day, but as of now, we have no plan to move Kendrys out of the cleanup spot against right-handers," Scioscia said. "I think the lineup is deeper with Kendrys and Trumbo behind Albert Pujols."

Morales, who returned this season after missing a year and a half because of a broken left ankle, has shown some clusters of power but is nowhere near as dangerous as he was in 2009, when he batted .306 with 34 homers and 108 RBIs.

"Right now he needs to get a little simpler from the left side," Scioscia said of Morales. "He's starting to sway a little bit, and he's not tracking pitches the way he needs to. He just needs to find a comfort zone."

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