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…
Garrett Richards still hoping to avoid the procedure & will be re-evaluated in early August. Got encouraging results in recent ultrasound.
— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) July 1, 2016
- 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…
I'll be trying to post a picture every day on my road to recovery. Follow me on Instagram: heandog8 pic.twitter.com/eT15sCtXAR
— Andrew Heaney (@Heandog8) July 2, 2016
- 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.
Tyler Skaggs next outing will be at Triple-A on Saturday. #Angels
— Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) June 29, 2016
- 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.
CJ Wilson getting a second opinion on his shoulder, which has bothered him since February. Eppler said it's "not firing" the way he'd like.
— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) June 28, 2016
- 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.