Angels pitcher Garrett Richards is slowly working his way back to the mound

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim starting pitcher Garrett Richards is on his way back to the mound. He has been riding an exercise bike as well as doing range-of-motion exercises.

Richard was lost for the season when he went down with a horrific leg injury against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in August. He suffered a torn patellar tendon on that evening while trying to cover first base on a ground ball.

“Hopefully,” Richards said, “I’m going to pick up right where I left off.”

He is expected to start light running towards the end of this month. Then, he is expected to amp things up to be ready for spring training in February.

Before suffering the injury, he was the Angels best pitcher with a 2.61 ERA and 164 strikeouts in 168 2/3 innings this season.

The 26-year-old was 13-4 in 26 starts over 168 2/3 innings.

Richards is trying to come back from something that hardly happens in baseball. The ruptured patellar tendon has only happened in baseball players six times since 2000.

Of the six players, only three of them were starting pitchers, including Richards. The others were Henry Sosa and Garrett Mock.

This type of injury is more common in basketball and football players.

“It’s not more of a gruesome thing for me,” Richards said. “It’s more of a, ‘Wow, that’s super unathletic.’ It looks like I don’t belong on a sports field, period. For me, it’s a little bit more embarrassing than it is gross. It is also gross, too, though.”

 

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