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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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Angels transferred RHP Garrett Richards (biceps) from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.
His biceps injury hasn’t improved much and the Angels believe a nerve issue could be to blame. Richards was able to avoid Tommy John surgery after suffering an elbow injury last season, but made it just one game into 2017 before getting hurt again. We won't see him until June at the earliest. Apr 22 - 8:55 PM

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Garrett Richards (biceps) is progressing in his recovery but still hasn't been cleared to begin throwing.

The Angels are still attempting to determine the cause for the weakness in Richards' biceps and are going to take every precaution with their prized right-hander. There's currently no timetable for his potential return to the Halos.
Apr 21 - 7:53 PM

Garrett Richards (biceps) underwent a cervical MRI on Thursday.

Angels' general manager Billy Eppler announced that the results of the exam ruled out any cervical disc issues. The reason for the exam, is that the Angels are still trying to figure out the reason for the lack of strength in Richards' biceps. There is still no timetable for him to resume throwing.
Apr 14 - 11:54 PM

The Angels have yet to set a timetable for Garrett Richards (biceps) to begin throwing.

Richards was hoping to throw on Tuesday, but that did not come to pass. Until he boots up a throwing program, it is not certain when he will be able to return action with the big league club. The hard-throwing right-hander has a history of arm injuries and the Angels will no doubt play things cautiously with him early.
Apr 12 - 8:53 PM

Angels placed RHP Garrett Richards on the 10-day disabled list with a right biceps strain.

With the new DL rules, the Angels can get an extra bullpen arm for a few days even if Richards is going to miss just the one start that they expect at the moment. The Halos will have to rely on a bullpen arm or someone from Triple-A to start in the right-hander's place on Saturday.
Apr 7 - 6:42 PM

An MRI on Garrett Richards' right elbow came back negative, but he has nerve irritation in his biceps and is likely to miss his next start.

It certainly could be much worse, so the Angels are relieved with this news. Richards tossed 4 2/3 scoreless innings against the A's on Wednesday before being lifted due to discomfort in his biceps. It's unclear whether the right-hander will be placed on the disabled list, but the Angels could just push him back until next weekend with Monday's off day.
Apr 7 - 6:00 PM

Garrett Richards (biceps) will undergo an MRI on Friday.

The Angels insist that it's only a precaution. Richards was lifted from Wednesday's game with a biceps cramp. It doesn't sound like anything serious but given Richards' injury history, it makes sense for the Angels to exercise as much caution as possible. Richards looked great before his cramp kicked in, holding the A's to three hits over 4 2/3 scoreless innings.
Apr 6 - 7:10 PM

Garrett Richards was removed from Wednesday's start versus the athletics due to a right biceps cramp.

Alarm bells were immediately sounded when it appeared Richards, who is pitching with a slightly torn ulnar collateral ligament, has to be pulled with an apparent arm injury. However, it appears there isn't any major concern here. Angels manager Mike Scioscia said there are no plans at this time for Richards to undergo an MRI. He'll be re-evaluated Thursday.
Apr 6 - 8:16 AM

Garrett Richards was lifted from Wednesday's start against the A's due to a possible arm injury.

Richards was making his first regular-season start since the beginning of the 2016 season. He missed the bulk of the past campaign with a partially torn elbow ligament. On Wednesday, he was hitting the upper 90's on the radar gun to open against the A's and kept them off the scoreboard through the first 4 2/3 innings. Then, trouble, as the trainer was called out, with Richards pointing toward his right elbow. He will be reevaluated on Thursday.
Apr 6 - 12:09 AM

Garrett Richards gave up one run on two hits across four innings pitched in Friday's loss to the Dodgers.

It was an encouraging end to the spring for Richards and his fantasy owners. He managed a shaky 5.11 ERA through 12 1/3 innings of Cactus League play. He went down to an elbow injury six games into last season and opted not to have it surgically repaired. He is back on the mound this year but it remains to be seen how healthy he is. The Angels took it easy on him in camp in an effort to nurse him back into pitching shape. He is a risky but high-upside pitcher to invest in for fantasy rosters.
Apr 1 - 2:25 AM

Garrett Richards surrendered three runs on five hits in four innings as the Angels defeated the Rockies 8-7 on Thursday.

All the damage came on a Dustin Garneau three-run blast in the second inning. Richards now owns a 6.48 ERA across 8 1/3 innings of Cactus League action. He missed most of last season with a partially torn elbow ligament that did not require surgery. He makes for a high-upside, risky pick in fantasy drafts this month. He has a career 3.58 ERA in 640 2/3 innings.
Mar 16 - 8:40 PM

Garrett Richards struck out four over just 2 1/3 innings during Saturday's Cactus League date with the Dodgers.

Richards walked two and allowed one hit. Those baserunners did not come back to bite him, though, and this was a marked improvement on his first Cactus League start, when he allowed three runs in two innings against the Reds. The hard-throwing right-hander made just six starts last season. A tear in his UCL cost him the bulk of the campaign. There are fantasy question marks here given his health, but at the same time, he has the sort of arm-upside that makes him worth a roll of the dice in AL-only formats.
Mar 11 - 5:54 PM

Garrett Richards surrendered three earned runs in two innings Sunday in his Cactus League debut against the Reds.

Richards had a decent first inning, but the wheels fell off for him in the top of the second. He has been eased into action this spring after spending much of the 2016 season rehabbing a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. It looks like Richards will be a full-go at the opening of the 2017 campaign, but the 28-year-old right-hander makes for a high-risk fantasy option given the UCL issue.
Mar 5 - 5:32 PM

Garrett Richards (elbow) threw his first live batting practice session of the spring on Sunday.

Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports that Richards "seemed to be fine" and "probably" will be ready to pitch in a Cactus League game by next weekend. The right-hander opted for rest and stem cell treatment for a tear in his ulnar collateral ligament and his rehab has come along well to this point. Richards will obviously be a huge health risk heading into 2017, but he should shoot up draft boards this spring if he looks like his pre-injury self.
Feb 26 - 1:18 PM

Garrett Richards (elbow) threw his first bullpen session last Friday and said he feels 100 percent normal.

Great news for Richards, who opted for rest and stem cell treatment for a tear in his ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow rather than Tommy John surgery. Of course, the real test will be how his elbow holds up in game action. Richards said Tuesday that he's expecting to have a 100-pitch limit this season as the Angels try to manage his workload.
Feb 14 - 1:12 PM

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