Garrett Richards has a torn patella tendon in left knee. 6-9 month recovery. Surgery next week. - @Alden_Gonzalez
In last nights win over the Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Angels Ace Garrett Richards blew out his knee trying to cover first base. Richards was carted off the field, and has been diagnosed as a "significant" patella injury, but no timetable has been released.
Richards finished the first half of the season with an 11-2 record, a 2.55 ERA and 127 strikeouts in 123 innings pitched. In 7 starts since the MLB All-Star Game, he is 2-2 with a 2.78 ERA and 37 strikeouts in 45 innings pitched. He made his debut in 2011, but Richards is just 26 years old and we hope this does not derail his career.
Richards had seemed to supplant Jered Weaver as the Angels Ace, but Weaver also has 13 wins this season, with a 3.70 ERA. C.J. Wilson has been a bit of a disappointment, with a 4.59 ERA, but does have 10 wins in 23 starts. Matt Shoemaker has does a great job at the back end of the rotation, winning 9 of his 14 starts. He has appeared in 21 games and has 11 wins on the year with a 3.84 ERA, striking out 93 batters in 96 IP. Tyler Skaggs and Hector Santiago have combined to go 8-12 across their 35 starts. Santiago has a nice ERA at 3.46, but Skaggs sits at 4.30. Skaggs underwent successful Tommy John Surgery after pitching 4.2 innings of no hit ball in his last start on July 31st.
How to Replace Richards
ESPN owners are turning to Shoemaker, Henderson Alvarez, James Paxton, Jason Vargas and Brandon McCarthy.
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