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Garrett Richards out 6-9 months with torn patellar tendon

Aug 21, 2014, 4:55 PM EDT

Garrett Richards Angels AP

The news on Angels right-hander Garrett Richards‘ knee injury is as bad as feared: He’s been diagnosed with a torn patellar tendon and will undergo surgery.

He’s expected to be sidelined for 6-9 months, which means he may not be ready for the beginning of next season and could be out well into the first half.

Richards’ leg buckled underneath him as he went to cover first base on a potential double-play ball last night and he was down for nearly 10 minutes before being carted off the field in obvious pain.

It’s a huge blow to the Angels and Richards, who at age 26 had taken a major step forward this season with a 2.61 ERA and 164 strikeouts in 169 innings after coming into the year with a career 4.42 ERA.

  1. sizeless24 - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:10 PM

    Never like to see players get hurt, tough loss.

  2. SocraticGadfly - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    Well, that should leave him OK for spring training next year, at least.

    • raysfan1 - Aug 21, 2014 at 7:27 PM

      That’s the best case scenario. The other end of the recovery window would have him training in May, doing a rehab assignment and maybe joining the team some time in June.

  3. blabidibla - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    Goodbye season.

    • clydeserra - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:31 PM

      I wouldn’t say that.

      The currently have the best record in baseball, the A’s are playing terribly, they are a lock for at least the play in game. there have been worse rotations than Weaver Wilson Shoemaker Santiago. they pick up their bullpen. their offense is great. they are still very much in it.

    • asimonetti88 - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:45 PM

      It’s never desirable to take a hit to rotational depth, especially with a guy pitching as well as G-Rich has this year (big snub in the All-Star Game in my opinion). But the Angels have the best record in baseball because they’ve been able to absorb hits like this and still play like a Team. Hopefully they can move past this, even though it hurts them.

    • catfoodtitans - Aug 21, 2014 at 7:36 PM

      Losing him doesn’t mean the season is lost. He only pitched every 5 days. As long as they can have a competent pitcher for that 5th day.

    • sdeberg - Aug 22, 2014 at 3:39 AM

      See EVERY other comment below. Not a Yankees fan – for the rest of the season. Go Angels!!!

    • blabidibla - Aug 22, 2014 at 9:59 AM

      Wilson has been awful for a couple months. They already lost Skaggs. Weaver is a shell of his former self. They don’t really have a capable arm to replace Richards.

      Yes, in all likelihood they make the playoffs, where they will meet far superior rotations. Their goal was not to just make the playoffs. They had a legit shot to win it all, but I just can’t see that happening now.

  4. clydeserra - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    certainly a tough break. he was fun to watch

  5. beefytrout - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    This year and the injuries, man.

  6. mickton - Aug 21, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    Ahh chit

  7. darbycuv - Aug 21, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    Been watching Richards pitch since he was here playing for the Salt Lake Bees. A genuinely good person and a great pitcher. Hope the rehab is quick and the surgery successful.

  8. sdeberg - Aug 22, 2014 at 3:36 AM

    Yankees fan here…let the hating begin – but really hate to see this of any player … especially one that was just discovering his prime years. Get better – soon – Garrett Richards.

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