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Garrett Richards | Starting Pitcher

Team: Los Angeles Angels
Age / DOB:  (26) / 5/27/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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As expected, Garrett Richards (knee) will start Sunday afternoon against the Astros.
Richards tore his left patellar tendon last August. It's a welcome return, as the Angels' rotation entered Saturday with the fifth-highest ERA in the American League. Richards enjoyed a breakout season last year, compiling a 13-4 record, 2.61 ERA, and 1.04 WHIP over 26 starts. Expect more of the same in 2015. Apr 18 - 5:13 PM

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Garrett Richards (knee) is expected to make his season debut on Sunday against the Astros.

That's assuming he feels fine after his rehab start Tuesday at Triple-A Salt Lake when he gave up five runs on seven hits and four walks while striking out five over five innings. The Angels want to keep Richards on his normal four days of rest routine, which means Matt Shoemaker would be pushed back to Monday. Richards threw 91 pitches Tuesday, so he doesn't figure to be too limited from a pitch count perspective Sunday.
Apr 15 - 10:57 AM

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Monday that Garrett Richards (knee) could "possibly" rejoin the rotation after his rehab start Tuesday.

Scioscia doesn't want to commit to it yet just in case something happens to Richards Tuesday, but all signs point to him rejoining the rotation early next week. Richards struck out 12 batters over seven innings in a simulated game last Thursday.
Apr 13 - 6:36 PM

Angels manager Mike Scioscia confirmed Friday that Garrett Richards would make at least one more minor league rehab start before rejoining the Angels rotation.

Richards struck out 12 batters over seven innings in a simulated game on Thursday and appears to be making quick work in his recovery from knee surgery. He'll start for Triple-A Salt Lake on Tuesday, and if all goes well could be cleared to rejoin the Halos shortly after.
Apr 10 - 7:43 PM

Garrett Richards (knee) allowed two runs over seven innings Thursday in a minor league intrasquad game.

Richards, who is making his way back from knee surgery, gave up four hits and three walks while striking out 12 batters. He throw a total of 96 pitches. The expectation is that he will begin a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Salt Lake on Tuesday. He should rejoin the Angels' rotation later this month.
Apr 9 - 5:08 PM

Angels placed RHP Garrett Richards on the 15-day disabled list with a left knee injury.

Richards has thrown well in two minor league games and is on track to join the Angels' rotation sometime in late April. The 26-year-old right-hander posted a terrific 2.61 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, and 164/51 K/BB ratio in 168 2/3 innings last season before tearing the patellar tendon in his left knee in an August start at Fenway Park.
Apr 5 - 11:38 PM

Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that it "seems doubtful" Garrett Richards (knee) will be ready on April 14 when the Angels first need a fifth starter.

Richards was thrilled with how he felt during an appearance in a minor league game Saturday, but the Angels are understandably proceeding very cautiously with the young right-hander. DiGiovanna expects Richards to be ready "soon after" April 14. The Halos will go with four starters early on, with Andrew Heaney or Nick Tropeano looking likely to get the ball on April 14.
Mar 29 - 1:33 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Chris Iannetta
2Drew Butera
1B1Albert Pujols
2B1Johnny Giavotella
2Taylor Featherston
SS1Erick Aybar
3B1David Freese
LF1Matt Joyce
2Josh Hamilton
CF1Mike Trout
RF1Kole Calhoun
2Collin Cowgill
DH1C.J. Cron
2Efren Navarro
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jered Weaver
2C.J. Wilson
3Hector Santiago
4Matt Shoemaker
5Garrett Richards
6Tyler Skaggs
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Huston Street
2Joe Smith
3Mike Morin
4Fernando Salas
5Cory Rasmus
6Cesar Ramos
7Vinnie Pestano
8Adam Wilk