Insider Injury Report: Richards, Heaney, Skaggs, Wilson

Garrett Richards - wearing #42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day - delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field on April 15, 2016 (Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Garrett Richards – wearing #42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day – delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field on April 15, 2016 (Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

In our latest installment of Insider Injury Report, we have some encouraging news and some bad news as well. We’ll start with the good news…

  • Richards underwent an ultrasound in his scheduled evaluation, and it was determined that the young hurler’s stem cell treatment is working. Healing was detected in his ulnar collateral ligament, but not a whole lot. Just enough to keep Richards on track. If Garrett’s current recovery plan continues it’s current course, he’ll likely be able to throw by the end of the season, and would be allowed a normal offseason to prepare to pitch in 2017. If not, it’s going to be like our next bullet point. The bad news…

  • Tommy John Surgery is the turn in Heaney’s recovery from the same injury as Richards. Receiving similar treatment, the lefty’s recovery did not show the same healing as his pitching mate. Unfortunately, he’ll miss all of 2017 in hopes of pitching in 2018. Hopefully, this will not be the route both pitchers have to take. We’re wishing Andrew a full recovery.

  • Skaggs was stuck in recovery limbo from his own Tommy John Surgery for almost three months. He’s been up and down, throwing and then sitting because of shoulder pain. It’s not surprising considering it’s been two years from the end of this month since the youngster last pitched in a Major League game. But after an encouraging start for the Class A Inland Empire 66ers, allowing one earned run and no walks in 4 1/3 innings. With another good start on Friday, Tyler could be back in the Angels’ rotation very soon.

  • There are rumblings that Wilson may just sit out the rest of the season to fully recover. The fact that the Angels are pretty much out of the pennant race and on pace for a 90+ loss season also decreases the urgency in CJ returning to the starting rotation.

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