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Garrett Richards | Starting Pitcher

Team: Los Angeles Angels
Age / DOB:  (26) / 5/27/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Garrett Richards (knee) will pitch in another minor league game on Saturday.
Richards, who is coming back from patellar tendon surgery, threw four hitless innings in a minor league game on Monday. At this rate, he's not going to pitch in a Cactus League game by the end of camp. The good news is that he's progressing as planned. Look for him to join the Angels' rotation in mid-to-late April. Mar 26 - 5:12 PM

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Garrett Richards (knee) tossed four hitless innings Monday in a minor league game.

Great to hear. Richards, who is coming off patellar tendon surgery in his left knee, threw a total of 53 pitches while striking out three and walking a pair. It's unclear if his next outing will be on the Cactus League side or not, but he remains on track to join the Angels' rotation around mid-April.
Mar 23 - 5:39 PM

Angels manager Mike Scioscia has clarified that Garrett Richards (knee) will pitch in a minor league game Monday.

Previous reports had Richards penciled in to make his Cactus League debut on Monday, but the Angels aren't going to expose him to major league competition quite yet. The 26-year-old right-hander is being brought along slowly this spring after tearing the patellar tendon in his left knee last August. He is expected to make his regular-season debut by the middle of April.
Mar 18 - 4:37 PM

Garrett Richards (knee) will make his Cactus League debut next Monday.

Great news. Richards, who is coming back from a torn left patellar tendon, threw 44 pitches over three innings Wednesday in an intrasquad game and came out of it feeling fine. The Angels aren't expecting him to be ready for the start of the season, but it sounds like mid-April is very realistic. Don't let him fall too far in your fantasy draft.
Mar 18 - 3:44 PM

Garrett Richards (knee) threw 44 pitches over three innings Wednesday in an intrasquad game.

In his biggest test yet in his recovery from a torn left patellar tendon, Richards allowed just one hit and struck out four batters. He threw 31 out of his 44 pitches for strikes. It's unclear if the next step will be a Cactus League game, but everyone involved has to be pleased with this performance. Richards is currently on track to join the Angels' rotation at some point in April.
Mar 18 - 2:53 PM

Garrett Richards (knee) is scheduled to pitch in an intrasquad game Wednesday.

Richards will likely throw two innings against his Angels teammates. After that, he may be ready for Cactus League action, as he's been making good progress in his return from a torn left patellar tendon. With the late start it's unlikely that Richards will be ready for the beginning of the season, but the right-hander shouldn't be too far behind.
Mar 14 - 6:39 PM

Garrett Richards (knee) is at least 10 days away from making his Cactus League debut.

There had been speculation that he could be game-ready early next week, but obviously that won't be the case. Richards is doing well in his recovery from knee surgery, as he threw a simulated game Tuesday and will throw live batting practice Friday. He'll need to appear in another simulated game before being cleared for Cactus League play.
Mar 13 - 1:18 PM

Garrett Richards (knee) tossed 40 pitches Tuesday in a two-inning simulated appearance.

"The ball is coming out of his hand really well, with good life," Angels pitching coach Mike Butcher said Tuesday. "He’s maintained his delivery throughout the whole process and he’s sticking his landing. There’s nothing guarded." Richards is expected to throw a bullpen session on Thursday or Friday and could then make his Cactus League debut early next week. The 26-year-old right-hander is on his way back from a torn left patellar tendon and likely to join the Angels' regular-season rotation around mid-April.
Mar 10 - 5:04 PM

Garrett Richards (knee) is scheduled to take part in a simulated game Tuesday in Angels camp.

Richards faced live hitters Saturday for the first time since tearing his left patellar tendon last August and he then went through a round of fielding drills on Monday. The 26-year-old right-hander is expected to join the Angels' starting rotation by the third week of the regular season. He posted a terrific 2.61 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, and 164/51 K/BB ratio in 168 2/3 innings last year.
Mar 9 - 1:08 PM

Garrett Richards (knee) will throw live batting practice on Saturday.

It will be the first time he's faced hitters since he tore his left patellar tendon last August. Richards won't be ready for Opening Day, but his rehab is coming along well and he's expected to miss only the first couple weeks of the season.
Mar 5 - 6:25 PM

Garrett Richards (knee) is expected to throw to hitters in his next mound session.

It's a big step for the 26-year-old right-hander, who hasn't thrown a pitch with a batter in the box since tearing his left patellar tendon last August at Fenway Park. Richards is expected to join the Angels' starting rotation by the third week of April and carries big expectations into 2015 after posting a 2.61 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, and 164/51 K/BB ratio in 168 2/3 innings last season.
Mar 5 - 12:30 PM

Garrett Richards (knee) will begin light fielding drills Tuesday.

Richards, who is coming back from patella tendon surgery, is also slated to throw his sixth bullpen session of the spring. He's still holding out hope to be ready for Opening Day, but the Angels don't expect him to return until two or three weeks into the season.
Mar 4 - 12:20 PM

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Sunday that he's expecting Garrett Richards (knee) to rejoin the rotation 2-3 weeks into the season.

The club had previously not dismissed the possibility of Richards being ready by Opening Day, but they've now conceded that he'll begin the season on the disabled list. His recovery from patella tendon surgery is going well, though, as he's throwing bullpen sessions and will do simulated pitchers' fielding practice on Sunday. Richards is coming off a breakout 2014 campaign that included a 2.61 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 164/51 K/BB ratio over 168 2/3 innings.
Mar 1 - 12:00 PM

Garrett Richards (knee) tossed a successful 50-pitch bullpen session Thursday in Angels camp.

It was his first time throwing out of the windup since he tore his left patellar tendon last August at Fenway Park. Angels pitching coach Mike Butcher watched Thursday's workout and said Richards "did well." The right-hander is still aiming to make his 2015 debut in the first week of the regular season, but mid-April seems more realistic.
Feb 26 - 2:57 PM

Garrett Richards (knee) said on Wednesday that he still thinks being ready for Opening Day is "very very possible."

Richards, who is coming back from surgery to repair a torn left patellar tendon, is scheduled for his fourth bullpen session on Thursday and will go out of the windup for the first time. His arm feels fine, but he's still about 10 days away from fielding drills. It's good for Richards to have a lofty goal to work toward, but the Angels believe he likely won't be ready until two or three weeks into the season.
Feb 25 - 10:46 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Chris Iannetta
2Drew Butera
3Carlos Perez
1B1Albert Pujols
2Marc Krauss
2B1Johnny Giavotella
2Josh Rutledge
3Taylor Featherston
SS1Erick Aybar
3B1David Freese
2Kyle Kubitza
LF1Josh Hamilton
2Grant Green
CF1Mike Trout
RF1Kole Calhoun
2Collin Cowgill
3Daniel Robertson
DH1Matt Joyce
2C.J. Cron
3Efren Navarro
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jered Weaver
2C.J. Wilson
3Hector Santiago
4Matt Shoemaker
5Garrett Richards
6Tyler Skaggs
7Nick Tropeano
8Adam Wilk
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Huston Street
2Joe Smith
3Mike Morin
4Fernando Salas
5Cory Rasmus
6Cesar Ramos
7Cam Bedrosian
8Vinnie Pestano
9Ryan Mattheus
10Matt Lindstrom
11Drew Rucinski
12Scott Snodgress