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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
Contract: view contract details

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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

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

Great news for the Angels, 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

Angels and RHP Garrett Richards avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $6.85 million contract.

Richards was limited to six starts in 2016 due to elbow issues but opted against Tommy John surgery and is expected to be ready for Opening Day. He was arbitration-eligible for the second time.
Jan 13 - 1:42 PM

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said that the team will not overwork Garrett Richards (elbow) in 2017.

Richards underwent stem cell treatment for a tear in his ulnar collateral ligament in May, ending his season at that very early juncture. He is expected to be ready for spring training, but the Angels are going to be reasonably cautious as the season unfolds. Said Scioscia, "You’re not going to see Garrett throwing 220 innings next year. I hate to put a floor on (the innings) and have to get into a range right now, but I can tell you that we are going to be very, very careful with where Garrett is and make sure that he rebounds and maintains his stuff." Richards has pitched more than 170 innings just once in his big league career.
Wed, Dec 7, 2016 09:39:00 PM

Angels activated RHP Garrett Richards from the 60-day disabled list.

The move restores his 40-man roster spot. Richards has rehabbed a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and expects to be ready to go for spring training.
Mon, Nov 7, 2016 08:58:00 PM

The Angels expect Garrett Richards (elbow) to be a "fully able pitcher" by spring training.

Richards was diagnosed with a tear in his ulnar collateral ligament back in May, but he opted for rest and stem cell treatments rather than undergo Tommy John surgery. The results have been positive thus far, as he recently made three appearances in the instructional league and was reportedly throwing in the 94-98 mph range in his final outing this week. Richards received a platelet-rich plasma injection during a checkup on Friday and will be shut down for 8-10 weeks before beginning his normal throwing program in January. As of now, the Angels expect him to be there in 2017.
Sat, Oct 15, 2016 09:45:00 AM

Garrett Richards (elbow) threw 55 pitches in an instructional league game on Thursday.

Richards retired the final nine batters he faced, hitting 96 mph with his final fastball of the afternoon. The 28-year-old will now visit with doctors to determine whether he is going to be able to rehab the torn UCL in his right elbow. The other option is Tommy John surgery.
Thu, Oct 13, 2016 04:19:00 PM

Garrett Richards (elbow) threw three innings and around 50 pitches in an instructional league game on Friday.

Next up will be a four-inning outing on Thursday. After that, he'll be evaluated by doctors, who will determine whether Richards needs Tommy John surgery. Richards tore his UCL back in May but opted for rehab instead of Tommy John. He's hoping to be back at some point next season.
Sat, Oct 8, 2016 06:10:00 PM

Garrett Richards (elbow) threw 25 pitches Monday in the instructional league.

It was his first outing in a competitive environment since he was diagnosed with a ulnar collateral ligament tear back in May and decided to undergo a series of stem cell treatments. Richards told Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register via text that he felt "great" and hit 97 mph with his fastball. He's scheduled for two more appearances in the instructional league before going through an exam. Barring any bad news, the Angels are hopeful he'll be able to avoid Tommy John surgery and be a part of the starting rotation again at the start of 2017.
Tue, Oct 4, 2016 08:45:00 AM

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.
Wed, Sep 28, 2016 09:04:00 PM

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.
Mon, Sep 26, 2016 07:31:00 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.
Sat, Sep 17, 2016 06:20:00 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.
Tue, Sep 6, 2016 08:24:00 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.
Mon, Aug 15, 2016 09:01:00 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.
Mon, Aug 15, 2016 06:46:00 PM

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