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.
Ken Rosenthal and Josh Tolentino of The Athletic report that Rays starter Blake Snell has switched agencies, going from Apex Baseball to Boras Corporation. Snell is currently signed to a five-year, $50 million contract and will be under contract through 2023.
Snell found himself in hot water two weeks ago when he said on his Twitch stream that he wouldn’t risk his life to play baseball during a pandemic while receiving significantly reduced pay. Some described Snell as tone deaf for saying, “I gotta get my money. I’m not playing unless I get mine, okay?”
Boras represents many of baseball’s highest-paid players, including Gerrit Cole and Bryce Harper. Snell is not likely to win over any of the people he recently irritated by appearing to go after more money by hiring the highest-profile agent. What often goes unsaid is that players have a very limited window in which to use their elite athletic skills to make money.
Snell won the 2018 AL Cy Young Award, going 21-5 with a 1.89 ERA and a 221/64 K/BB ratio over 180 2/3 innings. He did not have nearly the same success last year, going 6-8 with a 4.29 ERA and a 147/40 K/BB ratio in 107 innings.