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The Angels may have trouble getting starting pitching on waivers

Aug 22, 2014, 6:20 PM EDT

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The Angels’ playoff hopes took a serious hit when they lost Garrett Richards for the season in Wednesday’s game against the Red Sox. The right-hander suffered a ruptured patellar tendon in his left knee and was given a recovery timetable of six to nine weeks.

Without Richards, the Angels’ starting rotation is much less imposing. Hector Santiago and Matt Shoemaker have the club’s next-best ERA’s at 3.46 and 3.56, respectively. As a result, many expect the Angels to pursue starting pitching via the waiver wire — such as Bartolo Colon and Scott Feldman — but as Peter Gammons writes on Twitter, the Orioles and Yankees are “claiming everyone“.

The Angels have the best record in baseball, so they are last when it comes to making a waiver claim. That only makes things even more difficult for them to bolster their rotation with roughly five weeks remaining in the regular season.

  1. NatsLady - Aug 22, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    Keith Law said on the podcast Oakland would claim anyone they could afford. Billy Beane has naturally arranged it so they’re behind the Angels in the standings…

    • clydeserra - Aug 22, 2014 at 6:28 PM

      Beane outsmarts them again!

    • chill1184 - Aug 22, 2014 at 6:32 PM

      Beane sits on his throne drumming his hands together and laughs

      • ilovegspot - Aug 22, 2014 at 6:53 PM

        Beane sure isn’t counting his World Series rings.

  2. tfilarski - Aug 22, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    there is this guy in chicago named edwin jackon

    • NatsLady - Aug 22, 2014 at 6:27 PM

      He’s on the DL. He was diagnosed with a 6-14 record and a 6+ ERA, er, I mean a right lat strain.

      • clydeserra - Aug 22, 2014 at 6:29 PM

        darn, as an A’s fan I would say Please please please.

        Ubaldo Jimenez too

    • 78mu - Aug 23, 2014 at 4:37 PM

      It worked for the Cardinals in 2011. Then they let him go when other teams realized he was Edwin Jackson.

  3. wilmyers09 - Aug 22, 2014 at 6:40 PM

    tfilarski edwin jackson?? first of all is on dl second if all he has a very bad contract third of all he is one of worst pitchers in baseball 😂😂😂

  4. SocraticGadfly - Aug 22, 2014 at 7:06 PM

    In exchange, every team below Bawlmore but still in the hunt will now claim any and every IF, especially 3B, with Machado done for the year. Payback is a biatch.

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