Angels' Richards opts for Tommy John surgery


ANAHEIM, Calif. — Los Angeles Angels right-hander Garrett Richards has opted to have season-ending Tommy John surgery to repair ulnar collateral ligament damage in his right elbow.

Richards, who will become a free agent at the end of the season, is 5-4 with a 3.66 ERA. He was given the option of having the surgery or taking a non-surgical approach and had been weighing the decision overnight.

This is the third straight season that Richards has dealt with an arm injury.

The right-hander had been limited to six starts each of the past two seasons. He missed most of 2016 due to a UCL injury and had biceps nerve irritation last year.

In 2016, he opted not to have surgery for the UCL, opting instead for stem-cell and platelet-rich plasma treatment.

Richards had made 16 starts this season, his most since 2015. He made his second start on Tuesday since returning from the 10-day disabled list because of a left hamstring strain.

He gave up three runs on four hits over 2 2/3 innings and left the game in the middle of an at-bat in the third inning against Seattle’s Nelson Cruz.

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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