Richard signed a minor-league deal with the White Sox on Monday, LaMond Pope of the Chicago Tribune reports. Richard has been a useful pitcher at times in his career, but he's coming off a season in which he recorded a 5.96 ERA in 10 starts for the Blue Jays. His lowest ERA in the last three seasons was his unimpressive 4.79 mark for the Padres back in 2017. The White Sox will see if the 36-year-old lefty has anything left in the tank at their alternate training site.
Richard was released by the Blue Jays on Thursday, Hazel Mae of Sportsnet reports. Richard, who has been sidelined since mid-July with a lat injury, hasn't appeared in a game since returning from the injured list at the beginning of September. According to Mike Wilner of Sportsnet 590 The Fan, the veteran southpaw threw a simulated game at the team's spring training facilities Thursday before the Blue Jays decided to part ways with him to free up a spot on their 40-man roster for Elvis Luciano (elbow).
Richard (lat) was activated from the 10-day injured list Monday. Richard has been out of action since mid-July. He's only made one rehab appearance, allowing three runs over two innings, so it's not clear that he's ready to handle a starter's workload just yet.
Richard (lat) tossed two innings Saturday in his rehab start for Triple-A Buffalo, giving up three earned runs on four hits and a walk while striking out one. Richard covered 47 pitches in the outing, his first at any level since July 13. The Blue Jays may want Richard to up his pitch count in another simulated game or minor-league rehab start before the team considers reinstating him from the 10-day injured list. Once activated, Richard could help plug a hole in a Blue Jays rotation that currently has only three traditional starters.
Richard (lat) is scheduled to make a rehab appearance for Triple-A Buffalo on Saturday, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports. Richard has been sidelined for most of the second half due to a lat injury but is finally ready for game action. The southpaw may not have enough time to build back up to a normal starter's workload, though there's hope he can return in some capacity before the end of the season.
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