ANAHEIM - For the 2014 season, the Los Angeles Angels ace in the hole, became their ace. Garrett Richards broke out of his shell and became one of the best pitchers in baseball, but his season came to a sudden end on a freak play on Wednesday night.
On the scorecard, it reads a "FC 4-5," but for the career of Richards, it was a major setback, as a play at first base took his 2014 season.
While running to cover first base, Richards' left knee buckled, and he collapsed immediately, screaming in pain. He was later charted off of the field at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.
Today, August 21st, Richards met with two doctors to undergo an MRI. The results from the MRI revealed that Richards had a torn patellar tendon (knee cap) in his left knee and surgery would be required next week, taking six to nine months from Richards' career.
If Richards recovery goes well, the six months would be February and the nine months would be May, which means Richards may not be able to start the beginning of the 2015 season, even with a quick recovery.
Richards was immediately put on the 60-Day Disabled List, and the Angels recalled Wade LeBlanc and Cam Bedrosian.