Garrett Richards to miss more time with arm injury, per report

The former Cy Young contender wanted to be back soon after leaving his first start of the season, but that may not be possible.

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.

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