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Garrett Richards has chosen not to undergo Tommy John surgery

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Angels starter Garrett Richards was diagnosed with a torn right ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow earlier this month. The prevailing thought was that he would undergo Tommy John surgery and return some time in the second half of the 2017 season. However, Richards has chosen not to undergo Tommy John surgery, MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez reports.

Richards, today, is getting “something similar” to a platelet rich plasma injection and will be shut down for the next six weeks. If rest and rehab don’t work, the right-hander will likely have no other option but to have surgery.

As Gonzalez notes, Richards is in a similar situation as teammate Andrew Heaney, who also opted against Tommy John surgery.

Marlins sign Brandon Kintzler to one-year, $3.25 million deal

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Jon Morosi reported on Saturday that the Marlins signed veteran reliever Brandon Kintzler to a one-year contract worth $3.25 million. The deal includes a club option for 2020 worth $4 million with a $250,000 buyout, according to ESPN’s Jesse Rogers.

Kintzler, 35, put up a terrific 2.68 ERA with 48 strikeouts and 13 walks over 57 innings for the Cubs last season. He’s been mostly good in recent years, but relievers in their mid-30’s have had a tough time finding multi-year deals.

The Marlins have a handful of players who could rack up saves this coming season, namely Drew Steckenrider and José Ureña along with Kintzler. The club will likely use spring training to determine an official closer, if they name one at all. The Marlins have also expressed interest in free agent Pedro Strop.