Williams ready to hit ground running after break

Williams ready to hit ground running after break

ANAHEIM -- After two rehab starts in the Minor Leagues, Angels starter Jerome Williams is back with the big club.

The righty went six innings, giving up three runs (two earned) on five hits on Friday night in a rehab start at Triple-A Salt Lake. He threw 81 pitches, 52 for strikes.

The 30-year-old had been on the disabled list on June 20 following a start on June 18 in which he suffered from respiratory problems, but he said he feels just fine now.

"[Friday] night, I had 81 pitches, I threw the ball well," Williams said. "I feel like I can contribute. I just hope I can get back into this rotation and help the team win."

Even though what he called an asthma attack was the first he has had since he was a toddler, Williams said he and the team's training staff will continue to monitor his breathing, as well as his heart rate, to make sure it doesn't happen again.

"Just basically monitor that and throw, do my job and not really worry about it," Williams said. "But I still have it in the back of my mind what to do and how to prevent it."

With Dan Haren on the DL with lower back tightness and Garrett Richards being sent back down to the Minors, manager Mike Scioscia said Williams will return to the rotation after the All-Star break. When exactly he pitches again is contingent on how much C.J. Wilson and Jered Weaver pitch in the All-Star Game on Tuesday.

"There's definitely an if-then proposition right now," Scioscia said. "We have to see where the guys pitch, how much they pitch, how they come out of it, if they pitch on Tuesday and are able to line up for the weekend. We'll see where we are."