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43 Garrett Richards SP
Height/Weight: 6-3/215 | Birthdate: 5/27/1988 | Birthplace: Riverside, CA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Los Angeles | College: None | MLB Experience: 4 | Salary: $495,000 | Owned/Started%: 58/12
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Angels' Garrett Richards to begin throwing off mound in February


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/27/2015) Angels pitcher Garrett Richards is ahead of schedule in his return from left-knee surgery and will begin throwing off a mound in the second week of February, reports the Los Angeles Times.

General manager Jerry Dipoto said they have been pleased with the progress Richards has made from the surgery.

"Ordinarily, he'd have thrown off a mound a couple times at this point in January, so he's not too far behind where he'd be in his normal throwing preparation," Dipoto said. "It's a matter of making sure the knee is stable and his lower body is in good shape. We're very optimistic, as we have been throughout."

In 2014, Richards went 13-4 with a 2.61 ERA.


Report: Angels, Garrett Richards set arbitration date


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/27/2015) The Angels and pitcher Garrett Richards have reportedly set an arbitration date for Feb. 11, according to the L.A. Times.

Talks for the new contract have been moving slowly with no discussion of a multi-year deal coming, according to the report. Richards asked for $3.8 million, but the team only offered $2.4 million.

Richards went 13-4 with a 2.61 ERA in 2014, amassing 164 strikeouts in 168 2/3 innings.


Angels hopeful Garrett Richards will be ready for opening day


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/26/2015) The Angels are hopeful that pitcher Garrett Richards will be ready by opening day, according to the Orange County Register

If Richards isn't ready for the start of the season, the team expects him to be back shortly after that. Richards had knee surgery in August, but he's been able to make progress. General manager Jerry DiPoto said he was "optimistic" about Richards' status. Richards has been able to increase his running on a treadmill, and hasn't experienced any issues with his throwing program, according to DiPoto. Richards is currently throwing from 125 to 150 feet about five times per week.

Richards posted a 2.61 ERA over 168 2/3 innings last year.


Report: Angels exchange arbitration figures with three players


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) The Angels have exchanged arbitration figures with pitcher Garrett Richards, outfielder Matt Joyce and third baseman David Freese, MLB.com reports.

Richards, who is in the first of four years of arbitration eligibility, filed for $3.8 million, while the team offered $2.4 million. Joyce, who is in his final year of arbitration eligibility, filed for $5.2 million, with the team offering $4.2 million. Freese, also arbitration eligible for the final time, filed for $7.6 million, with the team offering $5.25 million.


Report: Angels SP Garrett Richards (knee) to start running Monday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/12/2015) Angels starting pitcher Garrett Richards, who is coming off August knee surgery, is set to begin running Monday, according to FOX Sports. He has been throwing since December.

The Angels are not expecting Richards to be ready by opening day. They are hopeful he will return within the first six weeks of the season.


Angels not expecting Garrett Richards to be ready by opener


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/10/2014) The Angels are not expecting starting pitcher Garrett Richards (knee) to be ready for the start of the season. Manager Mike Scioscia said Wednesday they are hoping Richards will return within the first six weeks of the season.

Richards has been cleared to throw as he works his way back from a torn petallar tendon, which he suffered in late August. He was expected to need 6-9 months to recover from surgery.


Angels RHP Garrett Richards cleared to throw


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/5/2014) Angels ace Garrett Richards has been cleared to throw as part of his recovery from a torn petallar tendon, per MLB.com.

Richards emerged as one of the premier pitchers in baseball before going down in late August. He finished the 2014 season 13-4 with a 2.61 ERA.


Report: Angels' Richards, Freese expected to be tendered offers


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/1/2014) The Angels are expected to tender a contract offer to third baseman David Freese by Tuesday's deadline, according to the Los Angeles Times. Freese is expected to make $6.3 million in arbitration.

However, the team is not expected to tender an offer to infielder Gordon Beckham. The team would like to have Beckham back on the roster next season, but not for the $5 million he is projected to make in his third year of arbitration.

The Angels are also expected to tender offers to Garrett Richards, Kevin Jepsen, Hector Santiago, Fernando Salas and Collin Cowgill.


Angels SP Garrett Richards remains on track 10 weeks after surgery


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/5/2014) Angels starting pitcher Garrett Richards remains on track 10 weeks into his recovery from surgery to repair a torn patellar tendon in his left knee, according to the Los Angeles Times

Richards’ agent, Fred Wray, said Monday the right-hander hurler has been riding an exercise bike, walking without crutches and doing strengthening and range-of-motion exercises. He is expected to begin jogging on a de-weighted treadmill by the end of November. 

If he continues to progress without setback, Richards could begin throwing and light baseball activities by late January. Richards was expected to need 6-9 months recovery following surgery.

"The key to his rehab is not overdoing it for the first three months," Wray said. "After that, he can slowly work his way back into more activities. From everything I’ve heard, he’s on pace with everything. It’s going very well."


Garrett Richards potentially still worth keeping


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/21/2014) What a sad day for Garrett Richards and his Fantasy owners. What an unfortunate end to a brilliant season that probably hasn't gotten the pub it deserved.

He was the ace for the best team in baseball at the time of his injury. And because his breakthrough was so unexpected, he was a waiver claim in most Fantasy leagues. With that kind of production at that low of a cost -- and from a dual-eligible pitcher, no less -- you could argue Richards was the most valuable player in Fantasy for the 5 1/2 months he was healthy.

But now, he's not -- and because an injury no one would have expected. We've all learned to brace ourselves for the next torn up elbow, but not knee -- not for a pitcher, anyway -- which means we don't really know what comes next. The timetable for Richards is 6-9 months, which is an extremely wide range. It gives him some hope of returning by opening day but also allows for him to miss up to half the season.

My guess he misses some time -- enough to diminish his keeper value in a league where you keep just a handful of players, and all on equal terms. But if you keep as many as one-third of your players, and you keep them relative to what they cost you, again, given the price tag for Richards coming into the year, I'd hold on to him.


Garrett Richards out six to nine months with knee injury


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2014) Angels pitcher Garrett Richards will have surgery to repair a torn patellar tendon.

The injury is expected to keep Richards out of action for six to nine months. Richards will have surgery next week, and has already been placed on the 60-day disabled list. He injured his knee while running to cover first during Wednesday night's start against the Red Sox. Richards had a 2.61 ERA over 168 2/3 innings this year.


Garrett Richards dealing with a 'significant injury'


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Angels pitcher Garrett Richards is dealing with a "significant injury," according to MLB.com.

Manager Mike Scioscia told reporters the injury is serious, though he would not elaborate. Richards will leave the team in order to be re-evaluated in Los Angeles Thursday. Richards left Wednesday night's game with a knee injury.


Garrett Richards dealing with a left patellar injury


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Angels pitcher Garrett Richards left Wednesday's game with a left patellar injury, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The extent of the injury is not known at this time. Richards left during the second inning after injuring himself running to first. The club will release more information after Richards is fully examined. 


Garrett Richards leaves Wednesday's game with leg injury


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Angels pitcher Garrett Richards left Wednesday's game with a leg injury.

Richards injured himself running to cover first on a ground ball. His leg seemed to buckle before he reached the base, causing him to fall to the ground. A team trainer came out to look at Richards for a while, and determined he would need to be taken off the field on a stretcher. It's unclear how long the injury will keep him out.

Richards had given up two runs on five hits over 1 2/3 innings before leaving the game. 


Garrett Richards turns in a quality outing Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2014) Angels pitcher Garrett Richards turned in a quality outing Friday against the Rangers.

Richards allowed two runs on seven hits over 7 1/3 innings. He struck out seven and did not issue any walks. Richards found himself in trouble early. In the first inning, Richards allowed a leadoff single. That run wound up coming around to score on an Adrian Beltre single later in the inning. Richards was charged with a second run in the eighth inning. He was pulled after allowing a single. That run came around to score, and was charged to Richards.

With the win, Richards improved to 13-4. He'll take on the Red Sox in his next start.


Angels make adjustments to rotation


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/10/2014) The Angels made some adjustments to their rotation on Sunday, according to MLB.com.

Matt Shoemaker will be pushed back until next Saturday after throwing 102 pitches on Wednesday and 41 in Saturday's 5-4 victory over Boston. As a result, C.J. Wilson will take his spot on Tuesday against the Phillies, followed by Jered Weaver on Wednesday and Garrett Richards on Friday against Texas.

Garrett Richards loses no-hitter in seventh inning Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/10/2014) Angels pitcher Garrett Richards didn't factor into the decision Saturday, allowing three runs (one earned) on three hits and two walks in 6 1/3 innings and striking out five in his team's extra-innings game against the Red Sox.

Richards actually took a no-hitter into the seventh inning Saturday, but three consecutive hits to open the inning brought one run home, and the Angels committed back-to-back errors before a sacrifice fly made it 3-2. Richards owns a 2.54 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 157:50 K:BB ratio in 159 2/3 innings.


Angels will not shut down Garrett Richards


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2014) Following his complete-game shutout Monday against the Dodgers, Angels starting pitcher Garrett Richards is now up to 153 1/3 innings on the season. He's on pace for 32 starts and more than 200 innings, which would easily surpass his career high of 157 innings (2011).

Even though Richards is reaching unchartered territory as far as innings pitched, the Angels have no plans to shut him down, according to The Los Angeles Times.

"We'll shut him down in November," manager Mike Scioscia joked. 

"Their health in the long run is more important to us than any one start," Scioscia added. "If we need to adjust it at some point, we will. We're not going to artificially do it and we're not going to throw him out there to the wolves if he needs to be pushed back."


Garrett Richards posts first career complete game shutout


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2014) Angels pitcher Garrett Richards went the distance and posted his first career complete game shutout Monday night against the Dodgers, improving to 12-4 on the year. The right-hander permitted five hits and two walks while striking out nine in nine scoreless frame to secure a 5-0 victory. He tossed a career-high 122 pitches, 76 of which went for strikes.

Over his last six starts covering 44 innings, Richards has allowed only 10 earned runs. He owns a 2.58 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP over 23 starts (153 1/3 innings). He will look to keep rolling Saturday at home against Boston. He is 5-2 with a 3.41 ERA in 10 starts at home.


Garrett Richards allows four runs in loss vs. Orioles


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Angels pitcher Garrett Richards was hung with a loss Wednesday, surrendering four earned runs on six hits in seven innings and striking out four in his team's 4-3 defeat against the Orioles.

Richards (11-4) gave up a two-run home run in the first inning and another pair of runs in the fourth to post his second straight start with four runs allowed. He hadn't given up more than three runs in an outing in his previous nine starts before his recent two-game stretch. Richards owns a 2.74 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 143:46 K:BB ratio in 144 1/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Dodgers Monday.


Garrett Richards suffers first loss since May 30


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2014) Angels pitcher Garrett Richards was not at his best on Thursday against the Tigers, dropping to 11-3 on the year. The right-hander permitted four runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out five over six innings of a 6-4 defeat.

Richards dropped his first decision since May 30. Over his last four starts covering 28 1/3 innings, Richards has allowed six earned runs. He owns a 2.62 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP over 21 starts (137 1/3 innings). He will look to get back on track Wednesday at Baltimore.

Angels not planning to shut down Garrett Richards


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2014) Though Angels pitcher Garrett Richards is on pace to shatter his previous career high in innings, the team is not planning to temporarily shut him down to limit his workload, MLB.com reports.

"Not at all," general manager Jerry Dipoto said Monday. "Garrett has thrown from end to end in a season. His innings have not escalated to the point where they're 200-plus, but Garrett throws the ball as easily as anybody you'll ever see. It's not a violent delivery, it's not a violent package. He maintains velocity pretty easily."

Richards has been at the top of his game since the start of June, going 7-0 with a 1.25 ERA and 70:17 K:BB ratio in 64 2/3 innings over nine starts. He hasn't pitched more than 154 innings in a season during his career, but Richards is already at 131 1/3 innings this year and has the potential to reach 200 innings if no limiting measures are taken.


Garrett Richards tosses eight one-run innings Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2014) Angels pitcher Garrett Richards wasn't a factor in Saturday's decision after surrendering just one earned run on three hits and one walk in eight innings and striking out seven in his team's 3-2, 12-inning loss to the Mariners.

Richards was dealing early on Saturday, tossing five perfect innings before giving up a leadoff double in the sixth. That runner would come around to score on a groundout and a single, and it was enough to deny him his sixth straight win. Richards owns a 2.47 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 134:44 K:BB ratio in 131 1/3 innings going into Thursday's start against the Tigers.


Garrett Richards stays dominant in final start before ASG


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2014) Angels starter Garrett Richards remained dominant in his final start before the break, picking up his 11th win of the season. The right-hander yielded five hits and two walks while striking out eight over seven innings of a 3-0 victory.

Over his last three starts covering 21 1/3 innings, Richards has allowed only one earned run. He heads into the break with a 2.55 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP over 19 starts (123 1/3 innings).


Chris Sale earns final AL All-Star spot


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2014) White Sox starter Chris Sale has been named to the American League All-Star team, beating out pitchers Garrett Richards, Rick Porcello, Corey Kluber, Dallas Keuchel for the final spot. Sale is 8-1 with a 2.08 ERA, a 0.84 WHIP and 102:16 K:BB ratio over 14 starts (95 innings).