Garrett Richards had to end his 2016 season early after tearing his UCL. Instead of having Tommy John surgery though, Richards opted to try stem cell injections into his arm instead. The injections worked, and so Richards was set to be able to pitch at the beginning of the 2017 season. Richards has been an assett to the Angels rotation for a while now. It would have been another huge blow if he were to miss the 2017 season with Andrew Heaney and Nick Tropeano.
Richards started the Angels third game against Oakland. He pitched 4.2 innings, gave up 3 hits, 1 base on balls, and no earned runs. Richards ended up having to exit the game in the fifth. Martin Maldonado noticed Garrett reacting strangely after a pitch, and everyone was called out to the mound. He has since been put on the DL with a right biceps strain. Garrett will be on the 10 day disabled list. The ten days will have begun on Thursday of last week. So chances are we won’t see Richards pitch again this week.