The Padres have been encouraged by the recent reports they've received regarding Richards' (elbow) rehab from Tommy John surgery and are increasingly optimistic that he'll be able to pitch for the big club in September, Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports. San Diego signed Richards to a two-year, $15.5 million deal in the offseason with the expectation that he would spend all of 2019 rehabbing from July 2018 Tommy John surgery before returning to full strength for the upcoming spring. Richards, meanwhile, had privately held out hope for making his Padres debut at the tail end of 2019, and the organization may be starting to come around to his line of thinking. The 31-year-old still has multiple obstacles to clear in the recovery process before September arrives, and it's likely he would be deployed out of the bullpen or as an opener rather than a traditional starter if he does in fact make it back from the 60-day injured list. Even in the event Richards fails to meet his goal, the fact that a 2019 return is even on the table speaks well to his progress as the one-year anniversary of his procedure nears.
Richards (elbow) was transferred to the 60-day injured list Sunday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. Richards underwent Tommy John surgery in July of 2018, and he is reportedly aiming to return for the 2020 season. As such, he is a logical candidate to move to the 60-day IL in order to open up a spot on the 40-man roster for recent signee Aaron Loup. Richards will continue to rehab his elbow for the duration of the season.
Richards (elbow) agreed to a contract with the Padres on Thursday, Jon Heyman of FancredSports.com reports. According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, the deal is reportedly worth around $15 million over the next two seasons. Richards underwent Tommy John surgery in July, so he's not expected to be available for the Padres until the 2020 season. Prior to suffering the injury, the right-hander notched a 3.66 ERA and 87:34 K:BB across 16 starts (76.1 innings). While injuries have limited the 30-year-old to just 138.2 innings over the past three seasons, he's proven to be a valuable rotation piece when healthy, posting a combined 3.15 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 8.5 K/9 over the past five seasons (514.2 innings).
Richards (elbow) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list Tuesday, Jeff Fletcher of the Southern California News Group reports. This was merely procedural, freeing up a 40-man roster spot. Richards will likely remain sidelined through the 2019 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery a week ago.
Richards (Tommy John surgery) is aiming to return for the 2020 season, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic Los Angeles reports. The Angels' ace is set to undergo the procedure on July 24, after which point Richards will embark on the lengthy rehab process that accompanies Tommy John surgery. The timing of Richards' injury is particularly unfortunate as he'll not only miss the remainder of 2018, but early reports suggest that a return during the 2019 season is unlikely as well. If that remains the case, Richards will have plenty of time to get his arm in peak shape heading into the 2020 season.
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