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.