Garret Richards throws simulated game in comeback from knee surgery

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Angels right-hander Garret Richards took a major step in his comeback from August knee surgery, throwing a two-inning simulated game Tuesday.

He threw 41 total pitches, sitting in the dugout between simulated “innings” and afterward getting positive reviews from general manager Jerry Dipoto:

Physically, he’s probably ahead of 99 percent of the pitchers in Major League Baseball right now. But we have to make concessions for where he’s been and take it day by day.

Despite avoiding setbacks so far Richards still isn’t expected to be ready for Opening Day, with Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com writing that he’ll likely begin the season on the disabled list and “come back around the middle of April.”