Angels don’t expect Garrett Richards to be ready until May


Not only aren’t the Angels counting on right-hander Garrett Richards to be recovered enough from knee surgery for Opening Day, manager Mike Scioscia told reporters that they expect him to miss the first 4-6 weeks of the season.

Richards tore the patellar tendon in his left knee while covering first base in August, ending his season. At the time there was some optimism that he’d be ready to go for the beginning of the season, yet despite no reported setbacks in his recovery process the Angels are now being a lot more cautious.

Before the injury Richards was having a breakout season at age 26, throwing 169 innings with a 2.61 ERA and 164/51 K/BB ratio.

Yankees designate Kendrys Morales for assignment

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The New York Yankees have designated Kendrys Morales for assignment.

Morales, 36, hit just .177/.320/.242 with one homer over 19 games with New York. This after he had a disastrous run with the A’s to start the 2019 season, hitting a mere .204/.310/.259 with a lone home run and seven RBI in 126 trips to the plate. Now that Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton are back there’s no room for him anyway, so it kind of doesn’t matter.

Morales had a solid year for the Blue Jays last season, posting a .769 OPS with 21 homers across 130 games, but it’s hard to see him catching on anyplace right now. Indeed, it may be the end of the line for the 13-year veteran.