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43 Garrett Richards SP
Height/Weight: 6-3/210 | 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 | Average Draft Position: 109.88
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Angels' Garrett Richards will not be ready by Opening Day


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12:07 pm ET) Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Garrett Richards is progressing well in his rehab from knee surgery, but he will not ready by Opening Day, reports MLB.com.

Garrett Richards is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Sunday, but Scioscia said he will not be ready until two-to-three weeks after the season begins.

"He knows it," Scioscia said. "He knows it. He's not going to be able to rush it because our medical staff is not going to let him. There's a progression. He has to pass every plateau. It's great that he's going to shoot for being ready by Opening Day, he's working very hard to be ready by Opening Day -- but he's not going to be ready Opening Day."


Angels' Garrett Richards mixes offspeed pitches in latest 'pen session


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) Angels starting pitcher Garrett Richards took a big step forward in his recovery from August knee surgery during his fourth bullpen session on Thursday, according to MLB.com.

"Looked good, man," pitching coach Mike Butcher said. "Real good. Stable, repeated well."

Richards, who logged 50 pitches in his latest session, mixed in offspeed pitches from the stretch and windup. He is scheduled to throw again on Sunday.


Angels' Garrett Richards: 'Opening day is still very possible'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/25/2015) Angels starting pitcher Garrett Richards told reporters Wednesday his goal is to be ready for opening day, regardless of the team's expectations. The team is expecting Richards, who is coming off August knee surgery, to be ready shortly after the start of the season.

"I don't know why I would change my mind now," he said, per the Los Angeles Times. "In my mind, opening day is still very possible."

Richards added that his arm feels normal. He is scheduled to throw his fourth bullpen session Thursday and will pitch out of the windup for the first time. He is slated to begin pitcher's fielding practice (PFP) in 10 days, per The Orange County Register.

Richards was in the midst of a breakout season in 2014 before suffering a ruptured patellar tendon in his left knee. He went 13-4 with a 2.61 ERA in 26 starts last season.


Angels' Garrett Richards throws again, 10 days from fielding


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2015) Angels RHP Garrett Richards continued his comeback from Tommy John surgery. Richards threw for the fourth time this spring on Monday, logging 40 fastballs in a bullpen session. 

Richards is still pitching from the stretch, exclusively. The next step will be to throw from the windup. Pitching coach Mike Butcher said Richards looked "outstanding" during the session, according to MLB.com. "He looked really good," Butcher added.

Manager Mike Scioscia told Angel Gonzalez of MLB.com that Richards is 10 days away from fielding drills, another milestone in his comeback. He won't pitch the first time through the rotation in spring. 


Scioscia: Garrett Richards should be ready shortly after start of season


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2015) Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Monday he expects starting pitcher Garrett Richards (knee) to return "very shortly after the start of the season." However, he will not be ready by the season opener, per the Los Angeles Times.

Angels' Garrett Richards aiming for opening day


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/20/2015) Angels pitcher Garrett Richards is aiming to be ready by opening day, according to MLB.com.

Richards is slightly behind the other pitchers in camp after having knee surgery last season, but remains optimistic about his chances to return early. The club has no need for a fifth starter to start the season, and that could lead to Richards landing on the disabled list to open things up. Due to off days, Los Angeles doesn't need a fifth starter until April 14. It's possible Richards could try to aim for that date.

Manager Mike Scioscia said Richards' progress will determine when he pitches again. "He's going to pitch when he's ready," Scioscia added, "whether we have a lot of depth or no depth." Richards is planning to throw three times next week, and is waiting to be cleared to participate in fielding drills.

The 26-year-old said his surgically-repaired knee has felt good so far. "Everything feels good, agility feels good," Richards said. "I don't notice anything different from before."

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


Angels' Garrett Richards 5-6 bullpens behind other pitchers


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/20/2015) Angels starting pitcher Garrett Richards is five-to-six bullpen sessions behind other pitches in his camp, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Richards, who is working back from knee surgery in August, is scheduled to complete a 30-pitch bullpen session on Friday -- the second time he's thrown off the mound. He will work exclusively on his fastball pitch out of the stretch.

Richards, 26, went 13-4 with a 2.61 ERA in 26 starts before suffering the injury last August.


Angels' Garrett Richards completes first bullpen session


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(2/16/2015) After throwing his first bullpen session since undergoing knee surgery last August, Angels pitching coach Mike Butcher said pitcher Garrett Richards looked and felt good on the mound, reports the Orange County Register.

During the session, Richards worked exclusively on his fastball and pitched out of the stretch. He is expected to be at full strength sometime in April.


Angels SP Garrett Richards progresses in throwing program


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/16/2015) Angels starting pitcher Garrett Richards (knee) has progressed from long toss to throwing off a slope, according to the Los Angeles Times. He is slated to throw his first bullpen session Monday since undergoing knee surgery in August.

Richards began jogging on 100 percent of his body weight last week.


Report: Angels doctors clear Garrett Richards for bullpen work


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(2/12/2015) Angels pitcher Garrett Richards has been cleared to begin bullpen work, according to Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com. 

Richards will throw his first bullpen session on Monday, three days before the rest of the Angels' pitchers and catchers report for spring training. 

Richards is recovering from a torn patella tendon. He passed a test earlier this week when he was able to run. Doctors cleared him Thursday for bullpen work.


Angels' Garrett Richards hoping to throw first bullpen session Monday


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/12/2015) Angels pitcher Garrett Richards will meet with team doctors in an effort to gain clearance to throw his first bullpen session Monday, three days before pitchers and catchers report for physicals, reports MLB.com. Richards is coming off surgery to repair a ruptured patella tendon, and he ran with his full body weight for the first time Tuesday.

He did it again Wednesday.

"He had an ear-to-ear smile," physical therapist Keith Kocher told the website. "He said he felt like a baseball player again."

Richards, 26, went 13-4 with a 2.61 ERA in 26 starts before suffering the injury last August. He hopes to return by Opening Day, but the Angels will be cautious with him in spring training, the report said.


Angels' Richards confident he can find form following knee surgery


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/10/2015) Angels starting pitcher Garrett Richards was enjoying a breakout season in 2014 before suffering a major knee injury in August. Despite needing surgery and months of rehab after rupturing the patellar tendon in his left knee, Richards is confident he can return to form, per MLB.com.

"I don't see why I couldn't," Richards said. "I learned a lot last year, I will continue to learn. Physically, I feel almost 100 percent, with the exception of the knee. My arm feels good. I know what I do well; I kind of know what type of pitcher I am now and what I bring to the table."

While his status for the beginning of the season remains up in the air, Richards remains hopeful he will be on the opening-day roster.

"When I heard the words 'six months,' I instantly thought, 'Hey, opening day can be a real possibility,'" Richards said of the 6-9 month timetable he was given for his recovery. "So that's kind of been my target since Day 1. Once we get to spring training, the way I progress is kind of going to dictate things. But I feel good right now, and hopefully when I get to spring training, it'll only get better."


Angels SP Garrett Richards (knee) to ramp up running effort next week


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/6/2015) Angels starting pitcher Garrett Richards is slated to begin running with all of his body weight next week, as he continues to recover from August knee surgery to repair a ruptured left patellar tendon, per MLB.com.

Richards, who is throwing from 150 feet, is aiming to throw off a mound around the time pitchers and catchers report for spring training. There is hope he could be ready by opening day.

"We're not counting on Garrett to go out there and go 25-2 with 250 innings pitched," general manager Jerry Dipoto said. "We're counting on Garrett just to be Garrett. And if everybody goes out there and just does their job, and they perform to their norm, we're going to be in really good shape."


Angels, Garrett Richards settle on $3.2 million for 2015


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/31/2015) The Angels and pitcher Garrett Richards have agreed to a contract for 2015 for $3.2 million, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Richards was asking for $3.8 million while the Angels offered $2.4 million. Richards posted a 13-4 record in 2014 with a 2.61 ERA and 164 strikeouts for Los Angeles.


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.