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

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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.