As anticipated, the Angels have activated right-handed starter Garrett Richards from the 15-day disabled list for Sunday afternoon’s series finale against the Astros at Houston’s Minute Maid Park.
This will be the first start for Richards since he tore the patellar tendon in his left knee last August in Boston. The 26-year-old needed surgery for that injury and was eased along this spring in Angels camp.
Richards posted a tremendous 2.61 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, and 8.8 K/9 in 168 2/3 innings last year.
Anaheim’s rotation is currently sporting a 4.78 combined ERA through 11 games.
Jason Heyward hit his first home run as a member of the Cardinals on Saturday in St. Louis …
Heyward entered play Saturday with a weak .225/.244/.325 batting line, but he has hit plenty of balls hard and been playing tremendous defense in right field. St. Louis acquired the 25-year-old from Atlanta this offseason in a four-player trade that sent right-handers Shelby Miller and Tyrell Jenkins to the Braves. Heyward is due to become a free agent after the 2015 World Series. Maybe some more curtain calls will convince him to stay.
Mark down seven straight wins for the Mets, who will try for a four-game Citi Field sweep of the Marlins on Sunday afternoon behind staff ace Matt Harvey.
Jacob deGrom struck out eight batters over seven scoreless innings and catcher Travis d’Arnaud hit his second home run of the season Saturday in a 6-5 defeat of the visiting Fish. The 26-year-old DeGrom has rattled off 18 1/3 scoreless innings since giving up two runs to the Nationals in the first inning of his 2015 debut. And d’Arnaud, a 26-year-old teeming with breakout potential, has nine RBI in 10 games.
The Mets are 9-3 on the young season, which is tied with the 1985 and 1986 teams for the second-best start in franchise history.
The best 12-game record in franchise history belongs to the 2006 squad. They opened at 10-2 and then went on to the National League Championship Series.
Those teams are all legendary to Mets fans.
Your box scores from Saturday …
Braves 5, Blue Jays 6
White Sox 12, Tigers 3
Phillies 5, Nationals 3
Indians 4, Twins 2
Reds 2, Cardinals 5
Padres 6, Cubs 7 (11 innings)
Orioles 4, Red Sox 1
Athletics 5, Royals 0
Brewers 2, Pirates 6
Angels 0, Astros 4
Marlins 4, Mets 5
Yankees 9, Rays 0
Diamondbacks 1, Giants 4
Rangers 1, Mariners 3
Rockies 3, Dodgers 6
Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen is starting to make significant progress in his recovery from February surgery to remove a bone growth from his left foot.
J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports that Jansen, who has been playing catch regularly since mid-March, is all set to begin throwing off a mound Sunday in Arizona. He’ll toss several bullpen sessions before advancing to live batting practice. Then comes a minor league rehab assignment.
If all goes smoothly, the 27-year-old right-hander should be ready to join the Dodgers’ bullpen around mid-May.
He converted 44 saves last season alongside a 2.76 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 13.9 K/9.
Watch as Blue Jays left fielder Kevin Pillar climbs the wall to rob Tim Beckham of a home run …
Pillar also went 2-for-4 at the plate with an RBI and two runs scored as the Jays topped the Rays 12-7. He’s been an excellent early-season fill-in for Michael Saunders, who is still recovering from February knee surgery.