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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) 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

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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

Garrett Richards "seems questionable" for his Friday start, per MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez.

Richards battled some dehydration this past weekend and did not throw his usual between-starts bullpen session on Tuesday or Wednesday. There should be a status update soon from the Angels. The 27-year-old right-hander holds a 2.34 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 34 2/3 innings this season and was supposed to open the Angels' weekend series against the visiting Rays.
May 4 - 12:08 PM

Garrett Richards finally got his first win in his fifth opportunity by holding the Royals to an unearned run over 6 2/3 innings on Monday.

Richards walked five and threw 115 pitches in the 6 2/3 innings, so it still wasn't easy. Nonetheless, he now has a victory to go along with his three losses and fine 2.35 ERA. He's struck out 30 in 30 2/3 innings.
Apr 26 - 1:27 AM

Garrett Richards persevered despite wavering control in Wednesday's loss to the White Sox, walking four but yielding only two runs (one earned) over 6 1/3 innings.

Richards allowed just four hits while striking out six, but he also threw 118 pitches and his lack of consistency in the strike zone prevented a longer start. Tyler Saladino struck first against Richards, cracking a solo home run in the first inning. While the second run on his line was unearned, Richards, himself, committed the fifth-inning throwing error that allowed Alex Avila to score. Through four starts, the 27-year-old right-hander holds a 3.00 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 25/9 K/BB ratio across 23 2/3 innings. Now 0-3, Richards will try to turn around his losing ways in a home start against the defending World Series champion Royals next time he toes the rubber.
Apr 20 - 5:19 PM

Garrett Richards was handed a no-decision Friday after allowing two runs over six innings against the Twins.

Richards held the Twins scoreless over the first five innings, but he gave up RBI doubles to Miguel Sano and Trevor Plouffe in the sixth. He left in line for the victory, but the bullpen eventually coughed up the lead. Richards struck out six and walked one and now owns a 3.57 ERA and 19/5 K/BB ratio in 17 2/3 innings through his first three turns. He’ll try again for his first win next week against the White Sox.
Apr 16 - 12:35 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Geovany Soto
2Jett Bandy
1B1C.J. Cron
2B1Gregorio Petit
SS1Andrelton Simmons
2Cliff Pennington
3B1Yunel Escobar
2Jefry Marte
3Kaleb Cowart
LF1Nick Buss
2Shane Robinson
CF1Mike Trout
RF1Kole Calhoun
DH1Albert Pujols
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jered Weaver
2Matt Shoemaker
3Ricky Nolasco
4Nick Tropeano
5Garrett Richards
6Tyler Skaggs
7Brett Oberholtzer
8Andrew Heaney
9C.J. Wilson
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Huston Street
2Fernando Salas
3Cam Bedrosian
4Jhoulys Chacin
5J.C. Ramirez
6Deolis Guerra
7Jose Alvarez
8Mike Morin
9Cory Rasmus
10Jose Valdez
11A.J. Achter