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Los Angeles Angels Garrett Richards Injures Knee


Garrett RichardsAce pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels, Garrett Richards has suffered what manager Mike Scioscia is calling a, “significant injury” too his left patellar tendon. Richards is scheduled to fly back to Los Angeles today in order to have the knee examined by team doctors.

Richards was injured in Wednesday’s game against the Boston Red Sox, while going to cover 1st base in the 2nd inning. Angels 1st baseman Albert Pujols fielded a ground ball a grounder hit by Brock Holt, and threw to 2nd for the force, but the relay to 1st wasn’t able to be thrown because Richards never made it to the bag, clutching his knee on the ground in evident pain.

“Obviously he’s very distraught,” Scioscia said after the Angels’ 8-3 win. “He knows that it’s not good, and we’ll get some direction from our medical staff.”

The injury to Richards was certainly a disturbing injury to see, and hear, and though it is not yet confirmed, there is a somewhat significant chance that Richards stellar season may have come to an end as a result of the injury.

The loss of Richards would be a major blow to the Angels playoff aspirations. The Angels took over the lead in the American League West Division on Monday, the first time the Angels have had sole possession of the lead since May 15, 2011, and can ill afford to lose Richards production in the competitive division.

On the season so far, Richards has posted a 13-4 record and a 2.53 ERA, in what has been a breakout year for the 26 year old righty.

“Garrett’s taking it hard,” a somber Scioscia said. “This is a huge blow for him. The type year he was having, hopefully we’re in a position where there won’t be any long-term ramifications. That’s what we’re very hopeful there won’t be. We’ll see.”

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