Garrett Richards: Richards MRI shows biceps nerve irritation

Doyle BarkerApr 08, 2017

Richards' start against the A's was his first one since last May after missing most of last season with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament, which Guardado said he chose to have "a stem-cell injection, rather than Tommy John surgery, to attempt to heal his damaged right elbow". C Martin Maldonado started the first three games this season. He then exited the game after 4 2/3 scoreless innings and was holding his right arm.

Los Angeles Angels pitcher Garrett Richards (43) throws against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, April 5, 2017. It certainly could be much worse, so the Angels are relieved with this news.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia is cautiously confident Richards' injury isn't a sign of something bigger.

Richards' health is key to the Angels' 2017 hopes. Simmons has hits in eight straight games vs. He pitched for the first time since last May 1.

Axford, 34, was warming up Tuesday night to potentially enter the game against the Angels when he felt tightness in his shoulder after throwing a curveball.

"With the new D.L. now and the shortened period of time, plus we can backdate him three days if we have to, hopefully it's just a week", the manager said. Axford had no issues leading up to the injury. "Good feeling to have", said Bassitt, who threw about 10 bullpens before Wednesday's session.

"That's a great first step for Garrett", Scioscia said.

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