TEMPE, Ariz. -- Angels right-hander Ervin Santana likely won't miss his next start, after he suffered a bruised shoulder when he was hit in the right arm by a line drive Wednesday.
Santana played catch Thursday and will throw his normal bullpen session later in the week. As long as his between-starts routine is pain-free, Santana will be available to pitch his next time through the rotation.
Santana iced his shoulder after he was removed from Wednesday's outing in the second inning, when he took a liner off the bat of Alexei Ramirez of the White Sox. There were no other precautionary measures needed, he said, and when he woke up Thursday morning, he felt much better.
Manager Mike Scioscia noted the biggest impact of the injury was that Santana was unable to get his full work in, throwing just 32 of the 45 pitches he was allotted. In 1 1/3 innings, Santana allowed a run on a walk and a hit.
"He wanted to get to 45 and didn't quite get there," Scioscia said. "He'll be a little bit behind next start. But we don't anticipate that affecting the start of our season."
Santana isn't concerned with the shoulder bruise, calling it just a typical baseball nick. He'd like to make sure it doesn't set him back any further preparation-wise.
With the usual four days in between starts, it looks like Santana will pitch Monday against Colorado, should all go according to plan.
"I'm the guy who wants to go back in there," Santana said. "I like to compete, so I'll keep going ... I don't want to just get taken out of the game for nothing."
He said, however, that because it's Spring Training, he may be asked to approach his return a bit more cautiously.
Santana went 11-12 with a 3.38 ERA last season, and he tossed a no-hitter against Cleveland on July 27.
Key for Wilson this season is efficiency
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Given the experience and tenure of the other pitchers on the Angels' staff, C.J. Wilson sees himself as "new and at the starting point," just hoping to fit in.
If he keeps performing like he has so far this spring, he'll fit right in to a rotation with aces aplenty.
Wilson worked four innings in Thursday's start against the Reds, looking very sharp despite allowing his first run of the spring. He threw his slider, and worked plenty with a changeup he hopes to be able to use more than he has in the past.
Signed in the offseason to a five-year deal, the 31-year-old lefty is in his third spring as a starter after beginning his career in the Rangers' bullpen.
"Every year is a new year," Wilson said. "I've got new stuff I'm working on this year, and there are just so many moving parts with a pitcher that ... the more experience I get, the better feel I get for how to prepare myself."
The key word to Wilson this spring has been "efficiency." He wants to keep his pitch count down, and so far this spring he says it has been around 14 pitches per inning.
"That's where you need to be; the best guys are all there or a little bit below that," Wilson said. "But that's the biggest transition. As a reliever, you just have to give up no runs at all costs. As a starter, you have to give up no runs, and be efficient at it."
Manager Mike Scioscia laughed when told Wilson was working on his efficiency, saying the lefty was always plenty efficient when he pitched against the Angels.
Scioscia is eager to see the effect of Wilson's increased changeup use.
"He's had it before, but I don't think he's brought it into his pitch selection as much as he is right now in the spring," Scioscia said. "It's a good pitch for him, there's no doubt, and maybe it will add to some of the things he already does very well."
Wilson worked around a pair of early errors in Thursday's 3-1 win, one of them his own on a popped bunt that he lost in the sun. Though he managed to strand the runner, he called the play "really embarrassing."
Wilson stranded runners in each of the first three frames before giving up a run on a bouncing double down the line in the fourth. But Wilson said he was pleased with the way he kept the ball down, and it showed from the inability of the Cincinnati hitters to square up his pitches.
With a staff that also includes Jered Weaver, Dan Haren and Ervin Santana, Wilson said he doesn't care where he falls into the rotation as long as he's in it. When asked if he might be at the top, he dismissed the notion instantly. "I don't really see what I've done that would warrant that," Wilson said. "Jered was the Cy Young runner-up last year, so he's obviously earned that, and it just sort of goes without saying that he's the ace of the staff."
Not that it matters to Wilson. All Wilson cares about is how he's pitching and if he has gotten better than his last time out. "You always want to improve," he said, setting his goals for the 2012 campaign. "It's pretty simple. Last year I threw 220-something innings, I want to throw more than that. I want my ERA to be lower. I just want to improve, because that means I'm doing the right thing."
Williams working to get out of trainer's room
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Right now, Jerome Williams would like to be spending his time anywhere but in the trainer's room below the right-field grandstand at Tempe Diablo Stadium.
The Angels starter, who strained his left hamstring two weeks ago during a fielding drill, is sick of everything about recovery from the first hamstring injury of his career.
But he'll continue spending time in that trainer's room until he's healthy and ready to take the hill for the Halos, which he projects will be sometime next week.
"I just use it to motivate me," Williams said. "Being in that training room every day tells me I better get better quick. I don't want to be here any longer."
Williams said of sitting in the trainer's room, while his teammates are elsewhere: "It's getting kind of boring."
After signing a Minor League deal with the Angels last June, Williams was called up in August and went 4-0 with a 3.68 ERA. Williams was one of the feel-good stories last season, battling back from a career that stalled and almost ended because of weight issues five years ago.
Since then, Williams has made a point to let nothing derail his second chance.
"All offseason, I was working hard, staying strong, and out of nowhere, I pop my hammy," he said. "It's kind of just a freak thing. I've just got to get better."
And he'll likely be better in time for the season, a prospect he's grateful for.
But for now, he's stuck in the training room, without the one thing he wants to do most.
"Pitching, man, just pitching in general," he said of what he misses most while being sidelined. "Being a part of the team, doing my two, three innings, whatever I need to throw -- just being in that game."
When ready, Morales will play Minors game
TEMPE, Ariz. -- There is still no timetable for the return of Angels first baseman Kendrys Morales, but when he is ready, his first game back will be with a Minor League club, manager Mike Scioscia said Thursday.
Scioscia said Morales, who ran the bases for the first time Sunday, will participate in the team's agility drills over the next few days. How he feels could determine how soon he plays. Morales hasn't played in a game since he fractured his left leg in 2010.
Another still-to-debut Angel, veteran reliever Jason Isringhausen, will make his first spring appearance on Friday. Isringhausen signed with the Angels early in camp, and has been working to get into game action.
As for outfielder Mike Trout, who is recovering from an illness, Scioscia said he's "still a couple days away." Scioscia said Wednesday that Trout's first playing time of the spring will likely come as a designated hitter.
AJ Cassavell is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.