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Garrett Richards leaves game early with biceps cramp

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Angels ace Garrett Richards is pitching with a slightly torn ulnar collateral ligament that he chose to rehab with platelet-rich plasma rather than Tommy John surgery. That’s all well and good, but it also means that any time he even winces, people are gonna kinda freak out.

He winced a bit last night, experiencing biceps cramps during the fifth inning of the Angels’ victory over the Athletics. Mike Scioscia and the trainers took him out of the game, but everyone is feeling pretty OK about things. Richards:

“Nothing serious. My arm feels good. I felt good tonight, elbow feels fine, shoulder feels fine. It was just kind of a long inning and it just kind of stiffened up a little bit. There’s no red flags or anything, just something that flared up. … Everything kind of moves on as planned.”

Later the team announced he came out for precautionary reasons. Richards went through strength tests as well and was said to have come through it just fine. He’ll be examined by team doctors back in Southern California, again, as a precautionary measure. The Angels will decide if he makes his next start after that.

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.