Los Angeles Angels

Angels Garrett Richards Out For Year

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Garrett Richards 2The injury to Los Angeles Angels pitcher Garrett Richards is just as severe as the organization feared it would be when the pitcher collapsed to the ground on his way to cover 1st base, clutching his knee in agony. Richards will certainly miss the remainder of the season, and maybe part of the next one.

The MRI on Richards’ knee confirmed suspicions and showed that the pitcher did indeed have a torn patellar tendon in his left knee. The team made the announcement as to Richards’ status on Thursday, after suffering the injury in the 2nd inning of Wednesday’s game against the Boston Red Sox.

“You’re going to be thinking of Garrett once every fifth day when he was out there,” said Angels manager Mike Scioscia. “You might not be able to replace that, but it doesn’t mean that we’re not going to be able to reach our goal as a cumulative pitching staff.”

The loss is a big one for the Angels who find themselves in a heated race for the American League West, and to ensure that, not only they earn a spot in the playoffs, but make a deep run in pursuit of a World Series title.

The injury should take about 6 months to fully heal and rehab, but the Angels have acknowledged that the worst case scenario for this injury is a 9 month recovery period, but the Angels are confident that Richards will be able to recover before he is forced to miss any time in preparation for the 2015 season.

Even with the loss of Richards, the Angels have a strong staff, pitching to a 4 game sweep over the Red Sox in Fenway Park, and they hope that their staff is strong enough to carry them to a deep run in October baseball.

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