It's been a rough few months for Jerome Williams. Winless in his past nine starts, the Angels right-hander is 0-6 with a 7.48 ERA since June 12.
He'll look to improve those numbers Sunday, when the Angels go for a three-game sweep of the Indians at Progressive Field.
The right-hander took a loss in his last start against the Rangers, allowing five runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings.
"I thought Jerome was a little bit more erratic tonight than maybe we saw in Texas last week," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said after the start. "Ball-strike ratio was not good. He battled, made some pitches to keep us in the game, but overall, I don't think he commanded the counts like he can."
Williams will face the Indians for the first time in his career. They are one of only two teams he has never faced.
Meanwhile, Justin Masterson will be on the hill for the Indians, ready to rebound after a tough outing Tuesday against the Tigers.
In that game, he allowed five runs on seven hits in seven innings of work for his eighth loss of the season. He surrendered all five runs in the fifth, including a three-run home run to Don Kelly. The outing broke his streak of three straight wins and four straight quality starts.
"We get to Kelly, and he hits the home run," Indians manager Terry Francona said after the game. "That kind of spread the game out a little bit. Other than that, Masty was really good."
Masterson is 3-0 in 10 career appearances (seven starts) against the Angels with a 2.10 ERA, which is his best mark against any Major League team with a minimum of five career starts.
Angels: Vargas hopes to rejoin rotation soon
Angels left-hander Jason Vargas will throw a bullpen session Sunday at Progressive Field, and if he comes out of it feeling good, he'll start Tuesday against the Yankees in the Bronx.
Since his last start in the Majors on June 17, Vargas was diagnosed with a blood clot near his left arm pit, had surgery and started a throwing program. He made his first rehab start Thursday at Triple-A, giving up four runs in 4 2/3 innings.
"If Jason is ready," Scioscia said, "we want to get him folded into the rotation as quickly as we can."
Indians: Carrasco to replace Kazmir
Francona said Saturday that right-hander Carlos Carrasco will start Wednesday in place of left-hander Scott Kazmir in Minnesota.
The Indians are hoping to give a tired Kazmir enough rest to get him back on track as soon as possible. It is undetermined when Kazmir will take the mound again for Cleveland.
"We're trying to bump Kaz back a couple days at the minimum," Francona said. "Kaz came in actually feeling pretty good [Saturday], which is really good. I think the rest will help him."
Kazmir described this as a "dead-arm" phase, which is something he has not dealt with in the past. He threw three-plus innings and took a loss in Friday's opener.
• Indians pitcher Brett Myers, who has been sidelined with a right elbow ailment since late April, still feels discomfort in his arm when throwing off a mound. Francona said Myers, signed to a one-year contract worth $7 million this winter to be Cleveland's No. 3 starter, feels no pain while playing catch on flat ground.
• The Angels are 18-9 against the American League Central this season.
Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.