Richards' cutaneous nerve in his right biceps remains irritated, and he said he's aiming for a return to major-league action in August, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports. Richards, who at one point said "September, if anything, maybe," clarified now he wants to come back the month before that. The right-hander has been lifting 20-pound curls with his right biceps and 35 with his left, and he can't pick up a baseball until they match in strength. It may take him time to return to form even if he does come back this year, but his big fastball and groundball-friendly approach make him worth stashing in deep leagues with hope that he at least proves competent.
Richards (biceps) was placed on the 60-day DL on Saturday. Richards' biceps have been slow to heal and a recent examination revealed that he was dealing with nerve irritation as well. Richards has yet to resume throwing and hadn't been expected to be back in action anytime soon. However, landing on the 60-day disabled list will keep him out until at least early June.
Richards is progressing as he recovers from a biceps strain but has not been cleared to throw, Maria Guardado of MLB.com reports. Expect Richards to need multiple bullpen sessions before he is even considered for a rehab assignment. Richards isn't dealing with any structural issues, but that hasn't helped the Angels get him back on track. He is likely at least another two weeks from returning, with another month away from the mound sounding more realistic.
Richards (biceps) underwent a spinal MRI on Thursday that ruled out nerve or cervical disc issues, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports. Richards is still struggling to regain strength in his biceps, so the Angels will continue to evaluate him. Although it's definitely good that the Angels were able to rule spinal issues out, they still don't have a diagnosis on Richards's lingering issues. As such, it remains unclear when he'll be able to return, but expect him to miss at least another couple of weeks as the tests continue.
Richards (biceps) has not yet resumed throwing, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports. The right-hander was hoping to pick up a baseball Tuesday, but he was not cleared to do so, and the Angels do not have a date in mind for him to start up with a throwing program. Richards has been shut down for over a week after being diagnosed with nerve irritation in his biceps. JC Ramirez is slated to start Friday and may take several turns in Richards' absence.
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