“Everything feels great,” Richards said before Friday night’s game against the
Richards threw in the bullpen Friday, and he could return as early as Sunday in Houston. Or, the Angels could start him Monday or Tuesday in Anaheim.
Richards threw 91 pitches in five innings of a triple-A game Tuesday, giving up four earned runs and seven hits, including a homer, striking out five and walking four. He fielded a bunt and covered first on a grounder, the same play he ruptured his patellar tendon on in Fenway Park last August.
"It was pretty exciting, actually," Richards said of the play at first. "After I got done doing it, I was like, 'Oh, everything is OK.' It was just a routine chopper to first, and I beat the guy to the bag."
As for his pitching Tuesday night, Richards said he "left a couple up. I hung an 0-and-2 slider to a kid and he hit it out. A fly ball dropped in the outfield. All the runs came with two outs. I have to be better at executing 0-2 pitches, but that's just stuff that I have to do a little tweak on. It's not because of my knee."