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. 

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. Richards was having a good season in 2018, pitching to the tune of a 3.66 ERA while also racking up 87 strikeouts in 76.1 innings. He was going to fetch himself a nice return when he hits free agency at the season's conclusion, but his UCL damage will now cost him millions.

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.