Fantasy Fare: It's all about the pitching

Garrett Richards of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim signals to the fans after he suffered a leg...

Garrett Richards of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim signals to the fans after he suffered a leg injury against the Boston Red Sox and is carried off the field on a stretcher during the third inning at Fenway Park on August 20, 2014. (Rich Gagnon/Getty Images/AFP)

JOEL COLOMBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:10 PM ET

Plenty was happening on the pitching front the past week, some of it with major fantasy repercussions. And that was before the whopper of all incidents — the injury to Angels ace Garrett Richards — trumped them all.

Richards tore the patellar tendon on his left kneecap Wednesday night while running to cover first base. We happened to have it on the TV at work here and, as a Richards owner, watching him writhe on the turf, his screams occasionally audible, you just knew this was no sprained ankle or pulled hamstring. That was confirmed the next day when, after an MRI, the club confirmed that Richards would require six to nine months of recovery time. That’s anywhere from February to May.

And should he not be ready to pitch by spring training, some rehab starts in the minors would be required, pushing his return into as late as June.


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