The hard-throwing right-hander, who ruptured his patellar tendon while covering first base on a potential double-play grounder Aug. 20, will repeat the workout Tuesday with an increase to 40 pitches and a break in between to simulate two innings of work.
Richards, who went 13-4 with a 2.61 earned-run average in 2014, has begun light fielding drills, and once he is able to do those at full speed, he should be ready to pitch in a game. The
"Hopefully, he's seeing the light at the end of tunnel, but there are still some things we need to see from Garrett before we get him into a game," Manager Mike Scioscia said.
“He’s done some fielding drills, but not to the extent he needs. He needs to build stamina with more repetitions. I think he’s out of a full rehabilitation environment, and he’s trying to get into a normal
Richards is wearing a compression sleeve on the knee, but he won't wear a bulky knee brace. He threw all of his pitches Saturday, showing good velocity on his fastball and decent command of his breaking balls.