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Garrett Richards throws off a mound, providing a ray of light in Angels' gloomy season

Garrett Richards throws off a mound, providing a ray of light in Angels' gloomy season

Amid the rubble of a brutal 2016 season rose a sign of hope for the Angels on Saturday.

It came three hours before a 6-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays, when Garrett Richards, who four months ago was “dead set” on having elbow ligament-replacement surgery that could have sidelined him for 2017, threw off a mound for the first time since injuring his elbow on May 1.

It was only 20 fastballs at 80% effort, but it was a significant step in a process that Richards, who opted for stem-cell therapy instead of Tommy John surgery, is confident will lead to his starting on opening day next season.

“As of now, throwing off the bump today, doing everything...

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