The major injuries continue to pile up for the Los Angeles Angels.
First, it was Japanese sensation Shohei Ohtani who tore his UCL in his throwing elbow. Next, offseason-signee third baseman Zack Cozart tore his labrum and will miss the rest of the season.
Garrett Richards is going to have Tommy John surgery.— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) July 12, 2018
And now, news just came out that Garrett Richards, the best pitcher the Angels have in their rotation after Ohtani was forced off the mound with injuries, will also miss the rest of the 2018 campaign. An MRI yesterday revealed that Richards has UCL damage in his right elbow, and the worst possible news just broke: Richards will need to undergo Tommy John surgery.
The timing of this injury is awful for both the team and the individual player.
Angels righty Garrett Richards will undergo Tommy John surgery. UCL damage had been detected in his elbow in 2016, but he opted for PRP injections instead of TJ at the time.— Devan Fink (@DevanFink) July 12, 2018
Richards was also an integral piece in the Angels' plans to make the playoffs, as he provided stability in an up-and-down rotation.
This is a sad time for Angels fans.