Richards’ agent, Fred Wray, said Monday the right-hander hurler has been riding an exercise bike, walking without crutches and doing strengthening and range-of-motion exercises. He is expected to begin jogging on a de-weighted treadmill by the end of November.
If he continues to progress without setback, Richards could begin throwing and light baseball activities by late January. Richards was expected to need 6-9 months recovery following surgery.
"The key to his rehab is not overdoing it for the first three months," Wray said. "After that, he can slowly work his way back into more activities. From everything I’ve heard, he’s on pace with everything. It’s going very well."
What a sad day for
He was the ace for the best team in baseball at the time of his injury. And because his breakthrough was so unexpected, he was a waiver claim in most Fantasy leagues. With that kind of production at that low of a cost -- and from a dual-eligible pitcher, no less -- you could argue Richards was the most valuable player in Fantasy for the 5 1/2 months he was healthy.
But now, he's not -- and because an injury no one would have expected. We've all learned to brace ourselves for the next torn up elbow, but not knee -- not for a pitcher, anyway -- which means we don't really know what comes next. The timetable for Richards is 6-9 months, which is an extremely wide range. It gives him some hope of returning by opening day but also allows for him to miss up to half the season.
My guess he misses some time -- enough to diminish his keeper value in a league where you keep just a handful of players, and all on equal terms. But if you keep as many as one-third of your players, and you keep them relative to what they cost you, again, given the price tag for Richards coming into the year, I'd hold on to him.
The injury is expected to keep Richards out of action for six to nine months. Richards will have surgery next week, and has already been placed on the 60-day disabled list. He injured his knee while running to cover first during Wednesday night's start against the Red Sox. Richards had a 2.61 ERA over 168 2/3 innings this year.
Manager Mike Scioscia told reporters the injury is serious, though he would not elaborate. Richards will leave the team in order to be re-evaluated in Los Angeles Thursday. Richards left Wednesday night's game with a knee injury.
The extent of the injury is not known at this time. Richards left during the second inning after injuring himself running to first. The club will release more information after Richards is fully examined.
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