OAKLAND — Mike Scioscia passed Jerome Williams in the Angels clubhouse Tuesday afternoon and asked how the right-hander was feeling after throwing six innings and 74 pitches, giving up four hits and one unearned run, in Monday night’s 10-8, 19-inning loss to the Oakland Athletics.
“I’m good,” Williams told the Angels manager. “I can give you two innings tonight.”
Scioscia laughed, knowing full well that Williams would be down Tuesday after absorbing so many innings Monday. Williams, though, was not kidding.
“My arm feels great — seriously — I played long-toss today at, what, 200 feet? Ask Dane,” Williams said, nodding to fellow reliever Dane De La Rosa.
“Five-hundred feet,” De La Rosa said with a grin.
“Thank you, Taiwan,” Williams said.
Williams was never known for his conditioning early in his career, his weight problems leading the San Francisco Giants to trade him to the Chicago Cubs in 2005 and the Cubs to eventually release him.