The Angels have dropped Jerome Williams from their six-man starting rotation and moved the veteran right-hander to the bullpen. Williams was listed as a reliever on the team's lineup card for Wednesday's game against the Cubs.
Williams was considered among two or three candidates including Joe Blanton and Tommy Hanson to be shifted to relief when the Angels reduced their rotation to five beginning Friday.
Williams was 3-2 with a 3.08 ERA as a starter for the Angels in 2013. Manager Mike Scioscia said last week that Blanton appeared to have turned the corner after beginning the season 1-8 with a 5.94 ERA. Stanton has been 2-2 with a 4.19 ERA in six starts. Scioscia described Williams as "steady."