Angels ace Garrett Richards is pitching with a slightly torn ulnar collateral ligament that he chose to rehab with platelet-rich plasma rather than Tommy John surgery. That’s all well and good, but it also means that any time he even winces, people are gonna kinda freak out.
He winced a bit last night, experiencing biceps cramps during the fifth inning of the Angels’ victory over the Athletics. Mike Scioscia and the trainers took him out of the game, but everyone is feeling pretty OK about things. Richards:
“Nothing serious. My arm feels good. I felt good tonight, elbow feels fine, shoulder feels fine. It was just kind of a long inning and it just kind of stiffened up a little bit. There’s no red flags or anything, just something that flared up. … Everything kind of moves on as planned.”
Later the team announced he came out for precautionary reasons. Richards went through strength tests as well and was said to have come through it just fine. He’ll be examined by team doctors back in Southern California, again, as a precautionary measure. The Angels will decide if he makes his next start after that.
Newsday’s Marc Carig reports that the Mets may move Asdrubal Cabrera to second base when he returns from the disabled list. Cabrera has been on the disabled list since June 13 with a sprained left thumb, but he’s expected to be activated on Friday.
Cabrera, 31, last played second base in 2014 with the Nationals. He has played shortstop exclusively as a Met the last two seasons. Jose Reyes would continue to play shortstop if the Mets were to go through with the position change. Cabrera would displace T.J. Rivera, who has been playing second base in place of the injured Neil Walker.
In 196 plate appearances this season, Cabrera is hitting .244/.321/.392 with six home runs and 20 RBI. He has made 11 defensive errors, which is tied for the third-most among shortstops behind Tim Anderson (16) and Dansby Swanson (12).
Brewers closer Corey Knebel set a modern major league record for relievers to start a season, as Thursday’s appearance marked his 38th consecutive appearance with a strikeout. He set down the side in order in the ninth inning, striking Josh Bell out to start the frame.
Aroldis Chapman held the record previously, recording a strikeout in his first 37 appearances of the season in 2014 with the Reds.
Knebel, 25, has flown under the radar despite having an incredibly good season. He moved into the closer’s role in mid-May when Neftali Feliz, now a free agent, struggled. After Thursday’s appearance, Knebel is 12-for-15 in save chances with a 0.96 ERA and a 65/17 K/BB ratio in 37 2/3 innings.