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Williams fine after 51-pitch simulated game

Williams fine after 51-pitch simulated game

Williams fine after 51-pitch simulated game
BALTIMORE -- Angels right-hander Jerome Williams, on the disabled list due to a recent bout with shortness of breath, completed a 51-pitch simulated game prior to Monday's series opener against the Orioles.

"It was a complete-game shutout," Williams joked.

But it might as well have been. Williams came out of it feeling perfectly fine, could get in a Minor League rehab game at some point this week and is looking like a prime candidate to be activated off the DL on July 4, the first day he'd be eligible.

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"He definitely looked good this afternoon," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "I think he had a great workout, threw 50-plus pitches, and we'll see where it sets up in the next day or two."

Whether or not Williams returns to the rotation -- a rotation that now includes the young, impressive Garrett Richards -- remains to be seen. But the 30-year-old right-hander doesn't feel his episode last Monday night, when he had an asthma attack, passed out and was rushed to the hospital following a start against his former team, the Giants, will be any hindrance to him carrying the workload of a starting pitcher once again.

"No concern at all," Williams said. "I've been working my butt off."

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