The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim will be without their ace Garrett Richards for the remainder of the 2016 season as he will undergo Tommy John Surgery to repair a torn right ulnar collateral ligament.
Initial reports were that Richards was dealing with fatigue and dehydration but the team learned it was far worse than that. The Angels won't have Richards back until the middle of next season at best.
At 13-15 through the first 28 games of the season, it doesn't seem like things will get any easier for the Angels moving forward. It could be a long depressing season for Halo fans. They should just be happy they get to watch Mike Trout.
Through six starts this year, Richards was 1-3 with a 2.34 ERA. In 34.2 innings pitched Richards had a 1.33 WHIP and stuck out 34 batters.
Without Richards, locked into the Angels rotation are Nick Tropeano, Jered Weaver, Hector Santiago. After those three, it's going to be like a puzzle for the team to fill in the holes. Cory Rasmus would presumably take a spot but no word on who would get that fifth and final spot in the rotation.
C.J. Wilson has not pitched this year and is currently on the 60-day DL with a shoulder issue, but is expected to return in late June.
Andrew Heaney who made one start this year was diagnosed with a flexor muscle strain, but has damage to his left ulnar collateral ligament. Heaney was given a platelet-rich plasma injection and he will attempt to rehab the injury, so only time will tell if he will be able to return in 2016.
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