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.

Clayton Kershaw returning to Dodgers on 1-year, $20M deal

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LOS ANGELES — Clayton Kershaw will pitch for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2023 after signing a one-year, $20 million deal.

For the second straight year, the Dodgers didn’t extend a qualifying offer to the three-time Cy Young Award winner. Instead, they gave him additional time to mull his future, and he once again decided to stay with the only franchise he’s ever played for during his 15-year major league career.

The 34-year-old left-hander was 12-3 with 2.28 ERA in 22 starts last season. He struck out 137 and walked 23. Kershaw made his ninth All-Star team and started the Midsummer Classic for the first time in his career at Dodger Stadium.

Last April, he became the franchise’s all-time strikeout leader with 2,697. He reached 2,800 strikeouts in his last start of the regular season on Oct. 5 against Colorado. Kershaw ranks 24th all-time with 2,807.

Kershaw has a career record of 197-87 with a 2.48 ERA. He won his only World Series title in 2020, when the Dodgers beat Tampa Bay during the pandemic-shortened season.