The Angels may have trouble getting starting pitching on waivers

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The Angels’ playoff hopes took a serious hit when they lost Garrett Richards for the season in Wednesday’s game against the Red Sox. The right-hander suffered a ruptured patellar tendon in his left knee and was given a recovery timetable of six to nine weeks.

Without Richards, the Angels’ starting rotation is much less imposing. Hector Santiago and Matt Shoemaker have the club’s next-best ERA’s at 3.46 and 3.56, respectively. As a result, many expect the Angels to pursue starting pitching via the waiver wire — such as Bartolo Colon and Scott Feldman — but as Peter Gammons writes on Twitter, the Orioles and Yankees are “claiming everyone“.

The Angels have the best record in baseball, so they are last when it comes to making a waiver claim. That only makes things even more difficult for them to bolster their rotation with roughly five weeks remaining in the regular season.

Carlos Gómez fined for criticizing umpire on Twitter

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Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Rays outfielder Carlos Gómez has been fined $10,000 for criticizing umpire Andy Fletcher on Twitter last week. Gomez himself didn’t disclose the amount of the fine, but he did say, “I don’t think it’s fair.”

During Thursday’s game against the Blue Jays, Gómez pinch-hit and struck out looking. Even before the game ended, Gómez went on Twitter and posted several videos of questionable ball-and-strike calls by Fletcher. He wrote, “If anyone needed to be ejected out of tonight’s game it was Andy Fletcher!!” Gómez apologized later that night but still called Fletcher “brutal.”

Gómez, 32, has had a tough year. He’s hitting .212/.302/.343 with nine home runs, 32 RBI, 42 runs scored, and 12 stolen bases in 400 plate appearances. It’s understandable A) that Gómez is frustrated and B) he might be looking for any kind of edge he can get.