The road to recovery for Los Angeles Angels starter Garrett Richards may be longer than expected. Richards took the mount on Tuesday for the first time since he tore his UCL on May 1. After pitching 4 2/3 innings catcher Martin Maldonado signaled to the team trainer. Richards was removed for precautionary reasons. During a post-game interview, Richards blames a cramping bicep for his early departure. Richards reiterates that there is no need for concern and that he felt good on the mount. During his 4 2/3 innings, Richards struck out four, walked one and allowed three hits.
Manager Mike Scioscia confirms reports of a scheduled evaluation by team doctors once the team returns to Los Angeles. As for now, no MRI is scheduled. Prior to the Richards exit, Angels management were encouraged by how Richards pitched. Richards anchors the starting rotation as the number three starter; followed by Tyler Skaggs and Jesse Chavez.