Wray said Richards, who suffered the injury while covering first base in an Aug. 20 game against the
"Everything is going great," Wray said in an email. "Garrett is upbeat, he's busting his tail in rehab, and he's going to come back better than before."
The Angels would be elated if the hard-throwing Richards, 26, came back as good as he was last season, when he went 13-4 with a 2.61 earned-run average in 26 starts, striking out 164, walking 51 and giving up only five home runs in 168 2/3 innings.
Doctors said Richards would need six to nine months to fully recover from his surgery, but it is beginning to look as if Richards will be ready by the front end of that projection.
The Angels also signed left-handers
Wilk, a 27-year-old starter, threw 24 1/3 innings for the