Garrett Richards will be the core of the Angels rotation next season

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Updated: October 17, 2016

Garrett Richards is ready for baseball, as his past instructional league games have been ones to remember for General Manager Billy Eppler and owner Arte Moreno.

They saw Garrett Richards – the poster boy for stem-cell therapy – throw 55 pitches without incident, effectively passing the final significant test before he could officially move from pencil to ink for the 2017 Angels’ plans.

Eppler, who tries to stay in the even-keel world where most general managers operate, said he was “as excited as I get.”

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The Angels pitcher would go for a checkup with Dr. Yoon, and it was all good news for Richards. Yoon noticed healing in the ligament and was given an injection that will take him out of baseball for 8-10 weeks. After the weeks are over, the procedure should be 100% complete.

According to Garrett Richards, the new stem treatment has been a success so far and may help other pitchers down the road.

“I hope this opens doors for other guys,” he said. “You don’t have to get surgery right out of the gate. If you are fortunate enough to be able to go this route and have the timeline I did, why would you automatically go in and have yourself cut and miss two years of baseball?

“I hope this opens up some doors or at least puts a second thought in people’s minds. Before, people were just 100 percent ‘I have to have surgery.’ This is becoming a somewhat alternate route. It’s worth a shot, in my opinion.”

With Richards eyeing a clearing date in the near future, it’s a 100% fact that Richards will be the core of the Angels rotation next season as last season the rotation was dealt with injuries and loads of poor performances.

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