Los Angeles Angels pitcher Garrett Richards injured his elbow and was told he would require Tommy John surgery, but he is now doing everything possible to avoid the procedure.
On Monday, Garrett Richards had a stem cell injection and will be reevaluated in six weeks to determine whether or not his torn ulnar collateral ligament is healing.
“It’s done just in hopes of having the best outcome of having him be healthy,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said, per Joey Kaufman of the Orange County Register. “I don’t think you want to jump into any kind of surgery, let alone a surgery of the magnitude of a Tommy John procedure. I think, for Garrett’s interests, it’s best to take this course.”
A Tommy John surgery would guarantee that he would be out for more than a year which is why Richards sought out different options before deciding on a stem cell treatment.
“Certainly it is a long recovery and puts you out, not only for this season, but the lion’s share of next season, probably all of next season,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “I don’t think it’s anything you want to rush into.”
Even if Richards is able to avoid surgery he will be out for a significant amount of time which is why the Angels are reportedly the front runners to land Tim Lincecum.