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.
Richards (elbow) will undergo Tommy John surgery, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports. After an MRI revealed damage in his UCL, Richards has decided to eschew the rest-and-rehab route this time and undergo Tommy John surgery. With that, the Angels will be without their staff ace for likely at least one calendar year while Richards rehabs his repaired pitching elbow.
Richards (elbow) was placed on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday. The Angels acted quickly to move Richards to the DL a day after he exited his start against the Mariners with UCL damage in his right elbow. It hasn't been determined if Richards will require surgery to address the matter, but it's expected that he'll face an extended absence regardless of how he elects to treat the injury. The Angels recalled Deck McGuire from Triple-A Salt Lake in a corresponding move and could slot him into the rotation when Richards' next turn comes up Sunday against the Dodgers.