Clayton Richard needs season-ending shoulder surgery

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Padres left-hander Clayton Richard has been on the disabled list since exiting his June 21 start after just two pitches and next week he’ll undergo season-ending shoulder surgery.

Corey Brock of MLB.com has the details on the operation, writing that Richard “will have surgery to essentially shave down part of his left clavicle so he doesn’t encounter future problems with his acromioclavicular joint.” That sounds all kinds of not fun, but the good news is that Richard’s actual shoulder doesn’t have any structural damage (like, for instance, a torn labrum).

Last season Richard allowed the most hits and most homers in the NL while striking out the league’s fewest batters per nine innings, but he still posted a nice-looking 3.99 ERA thanks to calling Petco Park home. This year’s final line: 2-5 with a 7.01 ERA in 53 innings. Richard is making $5.24 million this season and is arbitration eligible again next year, but he seems likely to be non-tendered.

Brandon Belt, Jaime Barrios set new modern record with 21-pitch at-bat

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Angels starter Jaime Barrios and Giants first baseman Brandon Belt set a new modern record with a 21-pitch at-bat in the first inning of Sunday afternoon’s game in Anaheim. Belt fell behind 1-2 and mostly kept fouling pitches off. The count ran full on the ninth pitch and Belt would foul off 11 more pitches before finally lining out to right field.

As Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle notes, the previous record was set on June 26, 1998 when the Indians’ Bartolo Colon and the Astros’ Ricky Gutierrez battled for 20 pitches. Gutierrez eventually struck out.