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Garrett Richards Injury: Updates on Angels Pitcher's Leg and Return

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Tim KeeneyContributor IAugust 21, 2014

Updates from Friday, Aug. 29

Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times and Pedro Moura of the Orange County Register pass along comments from Richards:

Updates from Friday, Aug. 22

Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com provides an update on Garrett Richards' surgery:

Richards also supplied a post-op update:

Updates from Thursday, Aug. 21

The Angels updated Richards' surgery timeline:

The Angels provide information on Garrett Richards' information and recovery window:

Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times indicates how this could impact the Angels next season:

Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com passes along comments from Richards' girlfriend:

Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports the Angels' replacement for Richards:

 

Original Text

Los Angeles Angels pitcher Garrett Richards had to be stretchered off the field Wednesday night after his left knee buckled as he attempted to cover first base in the second inning against the Boston Red Sox.

MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez provided the details:

The Angels later provided more information on the injury:

Gonzalez had more details as well:

Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register has Jered Weaver's thoughts on the injury:

Hopefully the stretcher was used simply as a precautionary measure, but with a non-contact injury like that, there isn't a ton of room for optimism. No matter whom you root for, you have to feel terrible to see any player go down in that fashion. 

Richards' teammate Tyler Skaggs and the official Twitter feed of the Red Sox were both quick to offer their support. 

In terms of baseball, MLB Network's Heidi Watney noted that this would be a potentially devastating blow for the Halos:

Richards entered Wednesday's start with a sparkling 2.53 ERA and 1.01 WHIP with 164 strikeouts in 167 innings. Those numbers get even better when looking at his second-half splits, and on a team with C.J. Wilson and Jered Weaver, he has served as L.A.'s true ace in 2014.

The Angels currently lead the Oakland Athletics by one game in the AL West. If Richards' injury is as serious as it appeared, keeping that position will only get increasingly difficult.

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