UPDATE 8/21/14 (2:16 PM PT): Garrett Richards has torn his patella tendon. Surgery is scheduled for next week and he will miss 6-9 months according to ESPN:
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) August 21, 2014
Just when the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim finally got over the hump and took over the lead in the American League West, they lose arguably their most important player.
In the second inning of yesterday’s 8-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox, Garrett Richards was attempting to cover first base when his knee buckled and he crumpled to the ground. After the game, Mike Scioscia was very somber in the locker room according to ESPN:
Obviously he’s very distraught. He knows that it’s not good, and we’ll get some direction from our medical staff. […] Garrett’s taking it hard. This is a huge blow for him. The type year he was having, hopefully we’re in a position where there won’t be any long-term ramifications. That’s what we’re very hopeful there won’t be. We’ll see.
Richards was enjoying the best season of his career with a 13-4 record and a 2.61 ERA. He ranks in the top-10 in the American League in wins, strikeouts, and ERA.
The extent of the injury is still unknown at this time and Richards is flying back to Los Angeles for further testing.
For the Angels, this is one of the worst things that could happen. Richards had been their best pitcher this season, and with the division rival Oakland A’s boasting one of the best rotations in baseball, the Angels could be more reliant on their offense.