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Williams cleared to return to routine

Williams cleared to return to routine

Williams cleared to return to routine
ANAHEIM -- Jerome Williams is now ready to move on from his bout with breathing troubles.

Four days after landing in the hospital due to passing out from a shortness of breath following a rough start against the Giants on Monday night, then staying overnight at UC Irvine Medical Center and undergoing an assortment of tests, Williams has been cleared for full baseball activities. He has to use a blood-pressure monitor for 24 hours, and he'll have to utilize his asthma inhaler more frequently, but all tests checked out OK and doctors believe he should be fine going forward.

Williams, who was placed on the disabled list Tuesday, feels he might've overreacted to a normal asthma attack, which he hadn't experienced since he was a toddler.

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"For me, it's all about not panicking about it," the 30-year-old right-hander said Friday before the Angels opened a series with the Dodgers. "Just like I was when I was growing up. Be relaxed and don't panic about it. Take your deep breaths in and stay calm."

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Williams will throw a bullpen session "in the next couple of days" and that there are no restrictions on him, meaning he can work his way back to being a starter when he is able to come off the DL on July 4.

Whether that ends up being the case remains to be seen.

Taking the place of Williams on the staff is Garrett Richards, who has given up just two earned runs in 21 innings. With Jered Weaver, Dan Haren and C.J. Wilson not going anywhere, and Ervin Santana bouncing back in a big way with a one-hit shutout in his last start, Scioscia could have an interesting decision to make with regards to Williams (out of options) and Richards (able to be sent back down) in a couple of weeks.

For now, the Angels have the benefit of time. They had an off-day on Thursday, will get another on Monday and have the All-Star break a little more than two weeks away.

"We're going to take it one step at a time with Jerome," Scioscia said. "I think there's a period right now to make sure he's back out there, get him into baseball activities and get him feeling good, and then we'll progress as he can tolerate."

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