Garrett Richards Newsbeat
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Richards, the erstwhile ace of the Angels’ staff, departed in the fifth inning of his only start April 5 and hasn’t picked up a baseball since. He was said to be “making progress” from his biceps injury as recently as Friday, according to Angels manager Mike Scioscia.
However, “his most recent assessment and exam showed mild improvement in biceps strength and also irritation of the cutaneous nerve, which is contributing to his strength deficit,” the Angels said Saturday in a statement while announcing Richards’ move to the 60-day DL.
When Richards first suffered his injury, the Angels said he was pulled from the game as a precautionary measure, and that he wouldn’t even miss a game. Then, he was put on the 10-day DL as a precautionary measure. Then, he was going to be left on the DL just a little longer as a precautionary measure.
At some point, the Angels are going to have to own up to the truth, that Richards’ injury is far worse than they had let on. This drip-drip-drip of bad news strung out over weeks as they are constantly forced to revise their ridiculously — and falsely — optimistic assessments of Richards’ health does no one any good, not the team, not the fans, not Richards. Moreover, this pattern of dishonest spin was exactly how they revealed Richards’ UCL injury last year. For Angel fans, the injury is disappointing. For hardcore fans and those of us who actively blog and podcast the Angels, the injury is disappointing, and it’s downright infuriating to be basically lied to on a daily basis.
Thursday, April 13, 2017
The Angels do not plan to activate ace Garrett Richards from the 10-day disabled list when he is eligible Sunday. Richards has not yet been cleared to resume throwing, and reliever JC Ramirez will replace him in the Angels’ rotation on Friday.
“Right now, there’s no time frame for how long he’ll be in our rotation,” Manager Mike Scioscia said Thursday of Ramirez. “It could be the whole year.”
Oh, no, it’s just a bicep strain, they said. It’s no big deal, they said. He’ll be back in ten days, they said.
Thursday, April 06, 2017
The club announced that Richards’ removal was precautionary, and he said afterward that he wasn’t concerned about the issue, which was called a cramping of his right biceps.
“My bicep was just kind of cramping a little bit,” Richards said. “Nothing serious. My arm feels good. I felt good tonight. Elbow feels fine. Shoulder feels fine. It was kind of a long inning and I kind of stiffened up a bit, but nothing to be worried about.”
Manager Mike Scioscia said Richards will be evaluated by team doctors when the Angels return to Southern California following their series finale against the A’s Thursday, but as of now, there are no plans for the 28-year-old right-hander to undergo an MRI.
“We’re going to take it one step at a time,” Scioscia said. “As of right now, hopefully he’ll make his next start. We’re not going to take any chances with any pitcher that’s feeling something like that, let alone a guy that went through what he went through last year.”
Posted: April 06, 2017 at 07:05 AM | 19 comment(s)
Wednesday, April 05, 2017
Richards will make his first start since May 1, his first since opting for stem-cell therapy over Tommy John surgery, his first since becoming the most public example yet of a treatment both pioneering and polarizing.
“I might be the first one to be so open about it, I guess,” Richards said. “I didn’t really have a choice about keeping it private. But I don’t mind being an ambassador for this or whatever you want to call it.”
A guinea Angel, you might label Richards, stem-cell therapy very much still an experimental, developing approach to healing partially torn ligaments, like the one in Richards’ right elbow.
In fact, there are some health experts who - because of the lack of sufficient research - remain unconvinced by the results, even as Richards is a living, breathing, believing example.
“Science, bro,” he said. “I’m all for it.”
Posted: April 05, 2017 at 08:36 AM | 6 comment(s)
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
What’s Richards’ secret? Would you believe orthobiologics? Here’s the story:
[The] 28-year-old is the latest player to turn to orthobiologics, the class of treatments that includes stem cells and PRP, in hopes of healing an injury. While clinical studies have shown great success with those who use orthobiologics, they are not yet a panacea for the pervasive elbow injuries in baseball for two reasons: They work only on partial ligament tears, like Richards’, and medical studies have yet to validate their efficacy independent of other treatments run concurrently.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Today, Garrett Richards is darting 98-mph fastballs again. “I feel as good as I ever have throwing a baseball,” he said Monday from Tempe Diablo Stadium, where the Los Angeles Angels, perhaps the most Tommy John-addled team in baseball, expect to break camp with Richards as their opening day starter. The 28-year-old is the latest player to turn to orthobiologics, the class of treatments that includes stem cells and PRP, in hopes of healing an injury. While clinical studies have shown great success with those who use orthobiologics, they are not yet a panacea for the pervasive elbow injuries in baseball for two reasons: They work only on partial ligament tears, like Richards’, and medical studies have yet to validate their efficacy independent of other treatments run concurrently.
The lack of knowledge as to how orthobiologics work inside the body – while the proteins in stem cells and platelets are believed to regrow damaged tissue, doctors have yet to isolate best practices for particular injuries – speaks to the difficulties in true medical advances. Still, the desire of Richards and others to avoid surgery lends orthobiologics enough credence to warrant further studies.
“I truly think this kind of treatment has significant potential,” said Dr. Neal ElAttrache, a longtime orthopedic surgeon at the Kerlan-Jobe clinic in Los Angeles who introduced orthobiologics to Major League Baseball when he injected PRP into the elbow of Dodgers reliever Takashi Saito in 2008.
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