ANAHEIM -- Had Garrett Richards not shut down the Tigers in his last outing, Tuesday's game against the Royals could have been Jerome Williams' turn to start for the Angels.
In his last start, Richards went seven scoreless innings against the Tigers, earning the fifth spot in the Angels' rotation. Williams gave up five runs in six innings against Detroit two days later and landed in the bullpen.
Williams started 12 games from April 15 to June 18, when he landed on the disabled list with respiratory problems, and then made two more starts after coming off the DL. But in his last five starts, he wasn't having the same success he had earlier in the season.
In his last five outings, the right-hander gave up 24 earned runs in 28 2/3 innings. He allowed five earned runs in each start but one, raising his ERA from 3.68 to 4.85.
Though pitching out of the bullpen isn't an ideal situation for the 30-year-old, it's not new to him.
"I've been in the bullpen before, so I know how to prepare myself," Williams said. "Of course I want to start, but I just want to try to help out the team in any way possible. Going in the bullpen, when I get the call, I'm going to try to do the things I've been doing earlier in the year."
Williams pitched four scoreless innings of relief in the Angels' 4-1 loss to the Royals on Tuesday after Richards allowed four runs in five innings.
Whether he returns to the rotation later this season or remains in the bullpen, Williams still believes that he'll have the length in his arm if the Angels need him back as a starter. His preparation doesn't change much.
"I know I'm going to be ready from pitch one, the same as being a starter," Williams said. "I've just got to get ready quicker. I know how to get ready when I need to. I'll be ready to go out there."