After a strong start to the season, theAngels were feeling great about their prospects with a good lineup and a rotation soon to get reinforcementswith Garrett Richards' return just around the corner.
But after losing two straightto the Rangers, L.A. gotless-than-stellar news aboutRichards, who left his first start this season because of arm painfollowing a 2016 season lost to an arm injury.
The Angels were hoping to get him back without a rehab assignment. That’s not likely to happen, ESPN reported.
Richards was diagnosed last week with a strained biceps, and when he is cleared to throw again, he will likely require a start or two in the minor leagues before he can come back, according to the report.
"They'll let us know when he's ready to pick up a ball," Angels manager Mike Scioscia told reporters Thursday. "The longer he's out, obviously, there would be more rehab involved."
Before injuring his arm early in 2016, Richards had gone 29-19 over his last 64 starts. He had thrown 410 2/3innings and struck out 374 along the way witha 2.88 ERA in the process.
Apart from Richards’ one start in whichhe yielded no earned runs in 4 2/3innings, the Angels have posted a 5.00 ERA this season in 84 innings pitched.