Angels’ Garrett Richards Passes Final Test

Updated: October 13, 2016

It seems strange to hear good injury news, but after a season plagued with significant injuries, one pitcher was able to avoid the fate that befell his teammates Andrew Heaney and Nick Tropeano, both of whom are expected to miss all of next season.

After going on the disabled list with a damaged UCL, Garrett Richards decided to forego Tommy John surgery, opting instead to attempt stem-cell therapy and rehab with the hopes he could be healthy enough to have a normal offseason and be ready to pitch on opening day 2017.

After progressing through every step of the rehab over the months, Richards made his final instructional league start today, going four innings, striking out five, walking none, and consistently touched 94-95 MPH.

“I feel like personally I’ve passed every test that I can put myself through,’ Richards said, and expressed excitement over pitching next season. It’s not a stretch to say that the Angels‘ chances of contending next season largely revolved around Richards and his ability to pitch effectively and consistently from opening day.

Back in May, it appeared as though 2017 would be a lost season for Richards and the Angels. Now, after clearing this final hurdle with flying colors, the Angels have added an ace to their rotation before the offseason even started.

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