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Angels' Garrett Richards hoping for a return in August

Angels' Garrett Richards hoping for a return in August

While the Angels roam around .500, their best pitcher waits, sentenced to inaction by a rare condition within his prized right arm to which there is no known cure besides time.

The cutaneous nerve in Garrett Richards’ biceps remains irritated, preventing him from firing off his 97-mph fastballs. He did so for one dominant game last month but exited five innings in with what the team termed a biceps cramp. A subsequent MRI examination demonstrated the problem, which continues to date.

When can he come back?

“I don’t know,” Richards said Saturday at Angel Stadium. “September, if anything, maybe. It’s gonna come back when it wants to come back.”

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