Richards (elbow) underwent an evaluation and was asymptomatic but will rest for six more weeks, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports. It appears that the stem-cell therapy Richards underwent in May is having a positive effect, and Richards's season may not actually be lost to Tommy John surgery as was once thought. He will likely need a long rehab assignment even if he is able to go after six more weeks of rest, however, so a late July or early August return is about as optimistic a prognosis as this news can allow.
Richards (elbow) has chosen not to undergo Tommy John surgery and instead will receive a platelet-rich plasma shot, Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports. Richards choice to treat his UCL tear via a non-surgical route is similar to Andrew Heaney's rehab method as they will both receive platelet-rich plasma shots to expedite the healing process. While surgery remains on the table for the 27-year-old if the platelet treatment doesn't work out, it would reduce his shelf time to about two months compared to the entire season if it is successful.
Richards (elbow) was placed on the 60-day DL on Tuesday, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports. The move is purely a procedural one, as Richards has all but been ruled out for the remainder of the season after suffering a high-grade UCL tear. The Angels acquired Brendan Ryan via the Nationals earlier Tuesday, so he'll occupy the 40-man roster spot cleared by this move.
Richards was placed on the 15-day DL retroactive to May 2 on Friday. Richards has been diagnosed with a high-grade UCL tear, and will seek a second opinion. Unfortunately, it seems that Tommy John surgery will be the most likely outcome. While he has only been placed on the 15-day DL, he will almost certainly miss the remainder of the season.
Richards has been diagnosed with a high-grade UCL tear, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports. The right-hander will seek a second opinion, but Tommy John surgery seems inevitable, and given the reported severity of the tear, it's possible Richards' recovery could push well beyond the usual 12-month minimum. Cory Rasmus is starting in place of Richards on Friday in what figures to amount to a bullpen game for the Angels.