Richards (elbow) played catch from 90 feet Thursday, Pedro Moura of the LA Times reports. Over the last week, Richards has steadily increased his throwing distance by 15 feet per session. Although it's promising that Richards says his arm feels normal, he still has a long way to go. His current goal is to throw off a mound by mid-September, then pitch with one of the Angels' minor league affiliates before the season comes to a close.
Richards (elbow) was cleared to begin throwing Monday, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports. While the news that Richards elbow has steadily improved to the point that he begin throwing is promising, it doesn't rule out the possibility of Tommy John surgery. He'll begin a throwing program in the coming days, working up to the point where he can pitch in a game and determine if surgery will be necessary.
Richards (elbow) had a successful stem-cell injection and will have an ultrasound in 10 days to determine if he can begin throwing, Fabian Ardaya of MLB.com reports. Richards said Wednesday that "we're not out of the woods yet, but today's a good day," after an exam showed more healing of his elbow. The Angels plan to put the elbow under stress tests during the next two weeks before having the ultrasound. Billy Eppler, GM of the Angels, said that the deadline to decide on Richards undergoing Tommy John surgery will be November 1, and Richards himself has said that he needs to pitch somewhere before deciding if he can avoid the surgery. Richards will still be out the rest of the 2016 season, but this is positive news for the right-hander.
Richards (elbow) will have his UCL examined Wednesday, and if all goes well he could resume throwing, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports. Richards UCL will be examined to test how effective his stem-cell therapy has been. If the exam is positive he will be on track to throw again, which will likely be followed by a rehab start at some point. While there is no clear timetable in the short term, there is reason to be optimistic.
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.