Los Angeles Angels pitcher Garrett Richards makes debut vs. A’s

May 1, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Garrett Richards (left) speaks with catcher Geovany Soto (right) during the game against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
May 1, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Garrett Richards (left) speaks with catcher Geovany Soto (right) during the game against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Los Angeles Angels have been anticipating Wednesday for awhile now.  The day when Garrett Richards takes the mound again in a regular season game.

Last year on May 1st, Richards felt a pain in his arm after pitching a game for the Los Angeles Angels against the Texas Rangers. What have next was a blur for Richards as he was diagnosed with a partially torn UCL Tear in his right elbow. Tommy John Surgery was starring the then 27-year old Richards right in the face.  But he called an audible and the Angels are thankful Richards did.

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Richards opted for a stem-cell platelet injection in hopes that it could heal his arm more quickly and all signs so far look good as Richards has had no major issues and now is about to embark on his final step: taking the mound in a regular season game.

Richards has been less than stellar in his four Spring training starts going 0-2 with a 5.11 ERA.  However, his last Spring start was promising as he gave up only a Justin Turner homer in four innings of work while striking out four batters.

For Richards it has been almost a year since he pitched in a regular season game, but that doesn’t matter now as he will step on the mound vs. Oakland tonight who will go with Jharel Cotton.  The Angels hope that Richards can start showing signs of returning to the form before he had before the arm injury.

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In 2015, Richards last full season he went 15-12 with a 3.65 ERA striking out 176 batters in 207.1 innings of work.  The year before that Richards was stellar going 13-4 with an ERA of 2.61 before tearing the patella tendon in his left knee while covering first base in a game against Boston on August 20th and being lost for the rest of the season.

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Richards is 40-32 with a 3.58 ERA in his career with the Angels. So let’s see how Richards fares today, hopefully we will be writing about him being lights out after tonight’s game.  Only time will tell. Stay tuned to Halo Hangout for live in-game tweets @halohangout.