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Clayton Richard | Starting Pitcher

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (31) / 9/12/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 240
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
Contract: view contract details

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Pirates signed LHP Clayton Richard to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Richard has dealt with a myriad of injuries over the last few seasons, having undergone AC joint surgery in the summer of 2013 and thoracic outlet surgery last offseason. He did not play in 2014. For his career, he has posted a 4.33 ERA and 480/266 K/BB ratio over 773+ innings. Wed, Dec 3, 2014 12:00:00 PM

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Diamondbacks signed LHP Clayton Richard to a minor league contract.

He'll make a start for the Arizona League Diamondbacks this weekend. Richard underwent AC joint surgery last summer and thoracic outlet surgery over the offseason but is finally ready for game action again after a long rehab. He could possibly come up with the D'Backs in September if he looks good in the minors.
Wed, Jul 30, 2014 01:54:00 PM

Clayton Richard has elected free agency.

Richard had been outrighted off the Padres' 40-man roster. He was going to be non-tendered eventually, so it's just a matter of him hitting free agency sooner. The left-hander posted a 7.01 ERA over 52 2/3 innings this season before undergoing surgery to shave down part of his left clavicle. He's expected to be fine for spring training and should land in someone's rotation.
Mon, Oct 28, 2013 05:49:00 PM

Clayton Richard underwent successful left shoulder surgery on July 15.

Richard is expected to begin a throwing program in three months. The 29-year-old left-hander is entering his final year of arbitration and will likely be a non-tender candidate this offseason.
Sat, Jul 20, 2013 09:19:00 AM

Clayton Richard will undergo season-ending surgery to shave down part of his left clavicle.

The procedure is being done so that he doesn't encounter future problems with his acromioclavicular joint. The good news is that an MRI showed no damage to the AC joint in Richard's shoulder, and he should be fine for spring training next year. The left-hander is entering his final year of arbitration this winter and is probably a non-tender candidate.
Thu, Jul 11, 2013 11:54:00 PM

Clayton Richard underwent an MRI which showed no damage to his shoulder joint.

While that's good news, Richard has a possible inflamed bursa sac pressing on a nerve. He was given a cortisone shot in the shoulder in attempt to help with the inflammation. There's no timetable for his return.
Tue, Jun 25, 2013 12:06:00 PM

Padres placed LHP Clayton Richard on the 15-day disabled list with a left shoulder injury.

Richard made an early exit from his start Friday against the Dodgers after experiencing pain in his left AC joint. The Padres will likely have him visit a specialist.
Sat, Jun 22, 2013 04:27:00 PM

Clayton Richard (shoulder) is expected to be placed on the disabled list.

Richard was removed from his start Friday after just two pitches with pain in his left AC joint. The injury is not believed to be related to his 2011 shoulder surgery. Burch Smith, Tyson Ross, and Robbie Erlin are candidates to replace him in the starting rotation.
Sat, Jun 22, 2013 08:38:00 AM

Clayton Richard was removed from Friday's game with left AC joint pain.

The injury is to the same shoulder that Richard had surgery on in 2011. The Padres will have him undergo further evaluation before determining the extent of the damage, but a stint on the disabled list is very possible.
Fri, Jun 21, 2013 11:32:00 PM

Clayton Richard left Friday's game with an apparent injury.

He was removed after just two pitches. Tim Stauffer has taken over for him in the first inning. The Padres should provide an update on his status soon.
Fri, Jun 21, 2013 10:19:00 PM

Clayton Richard allowed just one run on seven hits over eight innings in Sunday's win against the Diamondbacks.

Richard was pitching on six days rest after he was scratched from his start on Saturday. It was a solid bounce back effort, but he only had one strikeout and still has a 7.01 ERA over 53 innings this season.
Sun, Jun 16, 2013 07:29:00 PM

Clayton Richard has been scratched from his start Saturday against the Diamondbacks.

No word yet on why he isn't available, but Richard is expected to be pushed back to start Sunday. Jason Marquis will move up one day and start in his place.
Sat, Jun 15, 2013 09:40:00 AM

Clayton Richard struggled again Sunday, allowing four earned runs over six innings in a loss to the Rockies.

Richard is now posting an 8.06 ERA over nine starts and has allowed 13 home runs in 42 2/3 innings. It's hard to believe that he still has a rotation spot at this point. The Padres could turn back to the recently-promoted Burch Smith if/when they decide to move Richard to the bullpen.
Sun, Jun 9, 2013 08:09:00 PM

Clayton Richard surrendered six runs in 4 1/3 innings Tuesday in a loss to the Dodgers.

The Padres' patience with Richard has to be wearing thin, as he's now given up 11 runs in 12 1/3 innings since coming off the disabled list. We'd certainly rather see Robbie Erlin in the rotation.
Wed, Jun 5, 2013 01:24:00 AM

Clayton Richard will make his next start Tuesday against the Dodgers after pitching in relief Friday.

Richard was scheduled to start tonight before finishing the 17-inning game last night. Tuesday's start was due to go to Andrew Cashner, but he's being pushed back to Thursday to give him some extra rest.
Sat, Jun 1, 2013 07:51:00 PM

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