Richards, who is recovering from knee surgery, threw 44 pitches Wednesday. He is next expected to pitch Monday when the schedule calls for him to throw four innings or 60 pitches.
"He just needs to get his pitch count up and experience as much as he can on the [fielding] side," Scioscia said of Richards, who tore the patellar tendon in his left knee while covering first base last August in Boston.
He finished the 2014 season 13-4 with a rotation-best 2.61 ERA in 26 starts.
Scioscia said Richards won't be able to get all of the work he needs before the
The Angels hope to have him back on their staff by mid-April.