Angels Notes: Garrett Richards to start at Triple-A on Wednesday
ANAHEIM — Garrett Richards is going to pitch in a game for the first time since April.
Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Saturday that Richards came through Friday’s simulated game well enough that the plan is for him to start for Triple-A Salt Lake City on Wednesday at Tacoma. Assuming Richards comes through his bullpen session without a problem, he would throw three innings on Wednesday, Scioscia said.
If Richards starts Wednesday, he’d be able to pitch for Salt Lake City again the following Monday, Sept. 4.
After that, Richards’ next turn would fall on Saturday, Sept. 9, either in the playoffs with an Angels farm team or in the majors. Scioscia has said Richards could start in the majors even if he can only throw about 60 pitches.
Richards’ last game, at any level, was on April 5 at Oakland. He left that game with what was later diagnosed as a biceps nerve irritation.
Alex Meyer, who has missed more than a month with shoulder inflammation, said he will be back.
“I definitely 100 percent plan on pitching again this year,” he said. “I know time is not on my side. The biggest thing is getting healthy and getting back out there. We’re in the middle of this thing. The roster is about to expand. I want to be a part of that.”
Meyer said he has been playing catch, and next week hopes to move up to long-toss. Scioscia said Meyer still hasn’t missed so much time that he would have to start from scratch in building up his pitch-count.
“I feel like I’ve made some big jumps this week,” Meyer said. “I didn’t think it’d be this long without throwing. I’m way more positive than I was a week ago.”
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