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Santana OK after getting hit by comebacker

Santana OK after getting hit by comebacker

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Santana OK after getting hit by comebacker
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Angels pitcher Ervin Santana, who was drilled by a comebacker on Wednesday, still had a pretty nasty bruise on his right shoulder on Sunday morning, but feels good and expects to make his scheduled start on Monday against the Rockies.

Joining him in the lineup may be Maicer Izturis.

The veteran infielder hurt his right leg while appearing in his first spring game on March 6 and has yet to return. But Izturis will run the bases on Monday morning, and if he comes out of it OK, he'll join the Angels for their game in Scottsdale.

Also appearing in that game could be potential backup catcher Bobby Wilson, who has been nursing some tightness in his quad for a little more than a week but has been able to catch bullpen sessions.

Starting catcher Chris Iannetta, who was hit by a foul ball on his right elbow on Friday, will stay away from throwing for another 3-4 days but will be able to run, swing the bat and catch bullpen sessions in the meantime.

Jerome Williams, who has yet to appear in a game while nursing a hamstring strain, anticipates pitching off a mound this coming week. The 30-year-old right-hander has been running and long tossing and -- because he played in winter ball this offseason and was throwing bullpen sessions as early as January -- doesn't believe it'll take very long to get stretched out.

The Angels don't need a fifth starter until April 15, and though Williams came into camp as the odds-on favorite to win the last spot in the rotation, he needs to show he's healthy and can be productive.

Williams doesn't sound awfully concerned about his standing, though -- even with the young Garrett Richards making strides this spring.

"I don't think I have to sell myself," he said. "I did pretty good last year, had a pretty good winter ball, and I think I'll be fine when I go back out there. It's not my decision. It's up to the staff. But with me, I know I can go out there and pitch well. That's all I can do. I can't change anything else."

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