His Angels teammates have long called Garrett Richards “Bullet,” a nod to both his projectile-like pitches and the intensity with which he used to throw them.
The nickname dates back to his college career at the University of Oklahoma, where he knew not how to pitch, only to release every throw at maximum effort.
Eight years as a professional and two seasons of struggling with right-arm injuries have taught him the name no longer fits him.
Richards returned from biceps nerve irritation this month throwing at a slightly lower intensity, in greater control of his pitch location, and came away convinced it is his best path.
“I think that that’s me now,” Richards...