Reliever Jordan Walden, on the disabled list recovering from stiffness in his neck and a strain in his right biceps, has been throwing off flat ground the last couple of days, but isn't close to throwing off a bullpen mound just yet. "It's a process right now," Scioscia said. "He has to go through a progression. But he's taking the first baby steps and feeling fine."
Williams, with a 4.56 ERA in 100 2/3 innings this year, said he wasn't surprised he lost his spot in the rotation, given Richards' emergence of late. That, and the acquisition of Greinke, could make Williams' move to the bullpen more of a long-term situation. "That's not my decision," Williams said. "All I can do is try to pitch as well as I can, and whatever happens, happens."
The Angels have been in talks with the Mariners for right-handed reliever Brandon League, sources said, though it's unsure how deep those discussions are at this point. An industry source told MLB.com on Sunday afternoon that the Mariners could be close to trading League to either the Giants or Angels. Nothing is definite just yet, but the Angels have been looking for late-inning bullpen help all month and are an interested suitor. The Mariners want young hitters in return.