Williams feels better, but next step is unknown

Williams feels better, but next step is unknown

ANAHEIM -- Angels manager Mike Scioscia doesn't know if right-hander Jerome Williams will have to go on the disabled list, or if his condition will be a lingering issue that the club will have to monitor, or even how his status will impact the rotation moving forward.

But he does know one thing: "He's feeling better."

Scioscia visited Williams late Monday night at UC Irvine Medical Center, where he was being treated following a shortness of breath he experienced shortly after coming out of his start against the Giants.

Williams, who has a history with asthma, was released from the hospital on Tuesday afternoon after undergoing "a variety of tests," but wasn't at Angel Stadium for the game against the Giants. He'll return to UCI on Wednesday for more testing, the team announced.

Earlier in the day, the 30-year-old right-hander took to Twitter to thank fans for their support and offer up some good news.

"Wanted to let everyone know that I'm feeling better," he wrote via his handle, @pinkpuka57. "Going to get some rest so I can be back on that mound competing again."

"He felt much better once everything had calmed down a little bit," Scioscia said. "He continues to feel better today, but we have to evaluate exactly what his situation is and await direction from our medical department."

With Jered Weaver (strained lower back) coming off the DL, the Angels will have to make a corresponding roster move prior to Wednesday's game. That could be a variety of things, from infielder Andrew Romine being optioned, to Garrett Richards getting sent back down to the Minors, to Williams going on the DL and perhaps other alternatives.

All Scioscia knows now is that Weaver is starting Wednesday and Dan Haren will be pitching Friday. Everything else, including the starters for Saturday and Sunday, is up in the air.

"We can't get too far ahead of ourselves," Scioscia said. "We have to wait until we get some direction from our medical department on exactly what's happening with Jerome and what the prognosis is."