Garrett Richards Newsbeat
Saturday, October 15, 2016
And “Garrett Richards 2.0” – as he referred to himself – not only has given the Angels hope for a rebound after this nightmarish 2016 season, but he might have given hope to other pitchers with damaged elbows.
“I hope this opens doors for other guys,” he said. “You don’t have to get surgery right out of the gate. If you are fortunate enough to be able to go this route and have the timeline I did, why would you automatically go in and have yourself cut and miss two years of baseball?
“I hope this opens up some doors or at least puts a second thought in people’s minds. Before, people were just 100 percent ‘I have to have surgery.’ This is becoming a somewhat alternate route. It’s worth a shot, in my opinion.”
Posted: October 15, 2016 at 08:29 AM | 2 comment(s)
Thursday, September 29, 2016
It will be interesting to see how this treatment will work out.
Richards’ next step will be a game on Monday in instructional league. It will be his first time facing another team – albeit mostly low level minor leaguers – since his May 1 start at Texas.
Richards is scheduled for three instructional league outings, building up to about 50 pitches, and then a follow-up exam and imaging. If he clears those hurdles by mid October, he will be cleared for a normal winter and can be penciled into the Angels 2017 plans, without Tommy John surgery.
Posted: September 29, 2016 at 06:50 AM | 3 comment(s)
Friday, August 12, 2016
A week into his increased workouts, Garrett Richards is feeling as good as ever about being able to avoid Tommy John surgery.
“I literally feel like my arm is just refreshed,” Richards said Wednesday. “Everything feels great. My shoulder feels nice and loose. I feel zero discomfort in my arm. Nothing even close to what I was feeling when I was put on the DL.”
Richards has a damaged ulnar collateral ligament, an injury that normally requires Tommy John surgery and a 12- to 18-month rehab process.
Last Wednesday, imaging of Richards’ elbow showed enough progress from stem-cell therapy that he began doing workouts that simulated throwing. He will continue to do those until Monday, when he will have another test on his elbow to see if he can throw.
“If everything looks the same as it did a couple weeks ago or even better then we start throwing an actual baseball on an actual field and doing actual baseball things,” Richards said.
Monday, June 27, 2016
When Garrett Richards left his last outing at Texas on May 1, he felt arm fatigue. The club said he was dehydrated and cramping. A subsequent MRI revealed rather he had torn the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, a setback that requires Tommy John ligament replacement surgery for most pitchers.
The standard recovery takes up to 18 months.
Richards, instead, hopes to avoid the daunting post-surgery timetable and pitch again in a potential wild-card race thanks to a stem-cell shot he received last month from Dr. Steve Yoon at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles.
“It’s an option, and I decided to take it,” Richards said. “Why not?”
So, on May 16, Yoon extracted bone marrow from Richards, concentrated it and injected the mixture back into the UCL in his elbow, aiming to repair the injured ligament.
Friday, May 27, 2016
Six years ago, Yoon began treating partial UCL tears with platelet-rich plasma injections, wherein a patient’s blood is spun in a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets, which contain healing elements that are then injected into the affected area.
Yoon found that PRP worked for about 50 percent of patients. But in that time he also experimented with the use of stem cells from concentrated bone marrow and “noticed that the success rates, anecdotally, were much higher with regards to pitchers going back to throwing, and not having to undergo surgery.”
Yoon estimates that he has performed stem-cell procedures on 15 to 20 Major League pitchers and that “less than 50 percent” ultimately needed Tommy John surgery, though he is not allowed to reveal the names of his patients. The results can be misleading, in both directions, because success is contingent on the type of tear and the amount of time allotted for healing.
Dr. David Crane, who specializes in regenerative therapy for Blue Tail Medical Group in the Midwest, said he has done about 50 of these stem-cell procedures since 2004, the vast majority of them for pitchers in high school and college. About five were Major Leaguers, and Crane said only one wound up needing Tommy John surgery. He claims to have a 90-percent success rate overall, but he is also picky with the patients he chooses.
Said Crane: “If it’s a partial tear, and they still have the healing potential, and the stem cells from bone marrow are good, it’s a useful tool.”
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
I guess it doesn’t hurt. I’m not so sure how effective the treatment will be.
- Angels pitcher Garrett Richards had a stem-cell injection in his right elbow Monday.
Manager Mike Scioscia says there’s no timetable for his return. The right-hander went on the 15-day disabled list May 6, leaving the injury-riddled team without its best starting pitcher.
Richards decided on the injection as a way to avoid surgery for the torn ligament in his arm, although it will be weeks before he knows whether it worked.
“Hopefully it’s going to be the course of action he needs to heal and get back to action,” Scioscia said. “Really he doesn’t have many symptoms at all, so I know that he’s confident that he’ll heal with this course of action.”
Friday, May 06, 2016
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