Following the news that Los Angeles Angels ace Jered Weaver
would be sidelined four to six weeks with a broken elbow to his non-throwing arm, speculation began that the Halos could look outside the organization for
the right-hander’s replacement. However, LA will stick in-house to fill in for
Weaver, as the team will move forward by inserting Garrett Richards into the
starting rotation, according to Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com.
Garrett Richards has been informed he'll start Saturday vs. #Astros. Angels
— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) April 9, 2013
Richards entered the season as a reliever for the Angels,
but he’ll make his first start of the year Saturday against the Houston Astros.
He surrendered only one run on three hits while striking out five and walking
one over his 4 1/3 innings of work this year.
A former first-round pick of the Angels, Richards came
through the team’s minor league system as a highly regarded pitching prospect.
The right-hander is still only 24 years old, and he owns a career ERA of 4.74
with a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 1.45 over parts of three seasons in the majors,
spanning 41 appearances and 89 1/3 innings.
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