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:
Garrett Richards said he knew he was out for year when heard pop in knee and went down. "I thought I had a bone sticking out of my body."— Mike DiGiovanna (@MikeDiGiovanna) August 29, 2014
Garrett Richards has watched every game on TV: "It's a little bit difficult. But, at the same time, it's what I look forward to at night."— Pedro Moura (@pedromoura) August 29, 2014
Updates from Friday, Aug. 22
Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com provides an update on Garrett Richards' surgery:
Garrett Richards' surgery went "as they expected," Scioscia said. Doctors "happy with the repair." Could be around team next week. #Angels— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) August 23, 2014
Richards also supplied a post-op update:
Updates from Thursday, Aug. 21
The Angels updated Richards' surgery timeline:
Update on Garrett Richards: He will now undergo surgery tomorrow. More info to come post surgery. #Angels— Angels (@Angels) August 22, 2014
The Angels provide information on Garrett Richards' information and recovery window:
Richards is anticipated to miss 6 to 9 months. The club has placed him on the 60-day DL.— Angels (@Angels) August 21, 2014
Richards update: MRI results revealed a torn patellar tendon in his left knee. Surgery is tentatively scheduled for next week.— Angels (@Angels) August 21, 2014
Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times indicates how this could impact the Angels next season:
So it is very possible #Angels RHP Garrett Richards will miss the start of the 2015 season as well.— Mike DiGiovanna (@MikeDiGiovanna) August 21, 2014
Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com passes along comments from Richards' girlfriend:
Richards' GF. MT @AlexxisJoan: Tear-filled eyes as I read thru msgs I hav received 4 Garrett! We r so blessed with such gr8 friends and fam!— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) August 21, 2014
Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports the Angels' replacement for Richards:
Confirmed: #Angels have recalled LHP Wade LeBlanc. He's available in the bullpen for now and would start in Richards place Mon vs Marlins.— Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) August 21, 2014
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:
It looks like Richards' right knee buckled under him as he was going to cover first on potential 3-6-1 double play. Huge crowd around him.— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) August 20, 2014
Eight minutes after he went down, Garrett Richards is carried onto the stretcher, with #RedSox fans standing in applause.— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) August 21, 2014
The Angels later provided more information on the injury:
Richards left tonight's game with a left knee/patellar injury. More info to come after he is fully examined #Angels— Angels (@Angels) August 21, 2014
Gonzalez had more details as well:
Scioscia would only say, multiple times, "it's a significant injury." Will fly back to LA tomorrow to get re-evaluated. #Angels— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) August 21, 2014
Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register has Jered Weaver's thoughts on the injury:
Jered Weaver said he heard talk of possible knee surgery for Garrett Richards.— Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) August 21, 2014
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.
Prayers out to @GRICHARDS26 stay strong bro! Man this crushes me to see this— Tyler Skaggs (@TylerSkaggs37) August 20, 2014
Thoughts and prayers go out to @Angels pitcher Garrett Richards. Scary to see anyone go down like that.— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) August 21, 2014
In terms of baseball, MLB Network's Heidi Watney noted that this would be a potentially devastating blow for the Halos:
That injury to @Angels Garrett Richards looked bad. Looks like knee. Would be terrible for team to lose him!— Heidi Watney (@HeidiWatney) August 21, 2014
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.