So there was good news, and then there was bad news. Let’s start with the good news since there hasn’t been a whole lot of that this season.
#Angels Garrett Richards has shown continued healing so not having TJ yet. Still moving forward. Still won't pitch this year.
— Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) August 3, 2016
In less than a week, Richards will throw the baseball again for the first time since he left his last start in early May. It will be a very light exercise. There won’t be any intensity. Just a baby step toward getting his arm back to where it needs to be.
Reports have also stated that Mike Scioscia sees no scenario where the club’s ace will return in 2016. After all, it is now August. However, if all goes well, Garrett will be ready for Opening Day 2017.
The results so far are remarkable. But then again, his tear may not be nearly as severe as the bearer of the bad news…
Billy Eppler said Nick Tropeano is having Tommy John surgery.
— Pedro Moura (@pedromoura) August 3, 2016
Well this was isn’t all that surprising. ‘Trop’ got a second opinion in New York earlier this week, which only confirmed the original opinion that it was in fact a severe tear in his UCL that took the young righty out of his last start. So Nick will go under the knife, will likely be out all of 2017.
Unless, of course, he somehow manages to get back in a year, something the Angels don’t like to practice just to be on the safe side.
Tropeano had the option of the stem-cell therapy as well, but he answered by saying, “I don’t have time for that.” Can’t really blame him there.
Plus, why not have the surgery now? He’s younger and still has plenty of room to have a nice career.