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Garrett Richards | Starting Pitcher | #43

Team: Los Angeles Angels
Age / DOB:  (28) / 5/27/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Oklahoma
Drafted: 2009 / Supplemental (Rd. 1) / LAA
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Garrett Richards (elbow) threw 20 pitches in a simulated inning on Wednesday.
Richards has been on the shelf since May due to a torn right ulnar collateral ligament and obviously won't pitch in another major league game this season. "The ball is coming out of my hand good," he said after Wednesday's workout. "It’s got the same action as before, so that’s encouraging." Angels manager Mike Scioscia was pleased with his short performance, saying, "These are just baby steps right now, but it’s an important first step. He felt great during the workout. We don’t anticipate him doing anything but feeling good in the next couple days." Assuming no setbacks over the coming days, Richards could make an instructional league appearance on Monday. Sep 28 - 9:04 PM

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Garrett Richards (elbow) is slated to face live hitters on Wednesday.

Assuming all goes well, Richards will make his first appearance in the instructional league next Monday. The 28-year-old was diagnosed with a torn right ulnar collateral ligament back in May, but he decided to undergo stem cell treatments in hopes of avoiding Tommy John surgery.
Sep 26 - 7:31 PM

Garrett Richards (elbow) threw a 20-pitch bullpen session on Saturday.

It was his first mound session in more than five months after tearing his UCL in early May. Richards opted to rehab his elbow with stem cell treatments instead of undergoing Tommy John surgery, which is customary for elbow tears. The plan is for Richards to begin facing live hitters in October before returning to game action in the fall instructional league. His goal is to be available at some point in 2017.
Sep 17 - 6:20 PM

Garrett Richards (elbow) has increased his flat-ground throwing to 120 feet.

And he told reporters that he plans to begin throwing off a mound in 10-12 days. Richards is trying to rehab his injured right elbow and avoid Tommy John surgery. He's done for 2016 and will be an iffy bet for 2017.
Sep 6 - 8:24 PM

Garrett Richards (elbow) made 25 throws from a distance of 45 feet on Monday.

Richards got the go-ahead to begin a throwing program after he showed "significant improvement" in his elbow following stem-cell treatment. We'll know a lot more about his status as he ramps up his throwing program, but he's still hoping to avoid Tommy John surgery.
Aug 15 - 9:01 PM

Garrett Richards (elbow) has been cleared to begin a throwing program.

Richards has received stem-cell injections in an effort to avoid Tommy John surgery and the Angels say he has shown "significant improvement" in his elbow. He's not completely out of the woods yet, but the hope is that he'll be able to pitch in the instructional league or fall league.
Aug 15 - 6:46 PM

Garrett Richards (elbow) had a stem-cell injection on Wednesday.

Richards will undergo an ultrasound in 10 days in order to determine the effect of the stem cell injection on his right elbow injury. He is hoping to dodge Tommy John surgery. If his recovery can continue to progress without issue, he could pitch in a fall league after the season. Richards is done for the 2016 MLB campaign.
Aug 3 - 7:31 PM

Angels general manager Billy Eppler said Monday that Garrett Richards has shown "progressive healing" in the ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing elbow.

Richards received a stem-cell injection six weeks ago in his efforts to avoid Tommy John surgery. Monday's exam was good news, but he's scheduled to be evaluated again in six weeks before the next step is determined. If Richards ends up needing Tommy John surgery, he would miss the entire 2017 season.
Jun 27 - 8:25 PM

Garrett Richards will attempt to rehab his right elbow rather than have Tommy John surgery.

Richards will receive a stem-cell injection and be shut down for six weeks. He was set to miss most, if not all, of the 2017 season even if he had Tommy John surgery right now, so it's worth a try for now. Of course, things could always change if the rehab process doesn't work out. We should have a better idea on his status around the start of July.
May 16 - 7:24 PM

Angels transferred RHP Garrett Richards from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

Richards is done for the remainder of the 2016 season following Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. This move clears a 40-man roster spot for Brendan Ryan.
May 10 - 5:31 PM

Angels placed RHP Garrett Richards on the 15-day disabled list with a torn right ulnar collateral ligament.

Richards is expected to need Tommy John surgery and will miss the remainder of the 2016 season. He won't be ready to return until midway through the 2017 campaign, which is a devastating blow to the Angels rotation.
May 6 - 9:16 PM

Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan reports that Garrett Richards has a torn right ulnar collateral ligament and is expected to need Tommy John surgery.

Multiple other outlets have confirmed the report. The Angels cited fatigue and dehydration when they scratched Richards from Friday's scheduled start versus the Rays, but Passan says they found the UCL tear while examining the righty on Thursday. It's absolutely brutal news for the club, as Richards is far and away their best starter. Assuming he goes under the knife, he would be sidelined until around midseason next year. Passan says that Andrew Heaney has UCL damage, too, but will try to rehab the injury for now. The Angels should have an update on their pitchers later Friday.
Source: Yahoo Sports
May 6 - 10:22 AM

Garrett Richards (fatigue) has been scratched from Friday's start against the Rays.

Richards has been battling fatigue and dehydration all week. He was always a long shot to pitch on Friday. Cory Rasmus will start in what should be a bullpen game for the Angels. Richards is day-to-day.
May 5 - 7:34 PM

Garrett Richards (fatigue) is unlikely to make his scheduled start Friday against the Rays.

He's been dealing with fatigue including dehydration. The Angels are already shorthanded after demoting Matt Shoemaker earlier this week. Another roster move could be on the way. Richards owns the American League's ninth-lowest ERA despite a disappointing 1-3 record.
May 5 - 5:36 PM

Garrett Richards (fatigue) will see a doctor.

Richards was battling with signs of dehydration this past weekend and MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez relayed earlier on Wednesday that hard-throwing right-hander "seems questionable" for his scheduled start on Friday. Richards, himself, indicated that he continues to feel fatigued. His visit to the doctor should help shed light on his short-term starting status.
May 4 - 6:03 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Geovany Soto
2Jett Bandy
3Carlos Perez
4Juan Graterol
1B1C.J. Cron
2B1Kaleb Cowart
2Cliff Pennington
3Gregorio Petit
SS1Andrelton Simmons
3B1Yunel Escobar
2Jefry Marte
LF1Nick Buss
2Shane Robinson
3Rafael Ortega
4Ji-Man Choi
CF1Mike Trout
RF1Kole Calhoun
DH1Albert Pujols
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jered Weaver
2Matt Shoemaker
3Ricky Nolasco
4Tyler Skaggs
5Alex Meyer
6Garrett Richards
7Nick Tropeano
8Andrew Heaney
9C.J. Wilson
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Andrew Bailey
2J.C. Ramirez
3Deolis Guerra
4Jose Alvarez
5Mike Morin
6Jose Valdez
7Huston Street
8Cam Bedrosian
9Cory Rasmus
10Jhoulys Chacin
11Cody Ege
12Brett Oberholtzer
13A.J. Achter
14Daniel Wright