Angels ace Garrett Richards opts against Tommy John surgery

Angels right-hander Garrett Richardswill receive astem-cell injection for his ailing elbow rather than undergoTommy John surgery, earmarkinghim for a July return rather than being sidelined until mid-2017.Angels general manger Denard Span Jersey Billy Eppler confirmed to theOrange County Registeron Monday that thetherapy is expected to allowRichards topitch again this year.MORE: Why Tim Lincecum makes sense for the AngelsThe stem-cell injectionissimilar to a platelet-rich plasma injection thatRichards’ rotation mateAndrew Heaneyreceived in April to attempt toheal hisailing forearm.Richards, who was diagnosed witha torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow,will be evaluated again in sixweeks. Season-endingTommy John surgery remains a definite po sibility shouldRichards continue to experience discomfort.Richards, 27, was1-3 with a 2.34 ERA in six starts before being scratched from a May 6 start.With Kevin Kiermaier Jersey Richards andHeaney on the 60-day disabled list, the Angels are reportedly close to signing two-time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum, who iscoming off hip surgery.

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