After opting for alternative treatments rather than Tommy John surgery, Los Angeles' Garrett Richards makes his return to the hill tonight in Oakland. Prior to his elbow injury, Richards flashed no. 1 starter stuff and stats (3.18 ERA 2014-15 combined). The Angels are taking an ultra-cautious approach in terms of extended rest in between starts and Richards even admitted that he plans on taking a
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If I can throw at 85 percent, I’m able to repeat my mechanics better,” he said. “I’m able to keep everything moving downhill toward the catcher. Because I throw across my body, direction is a big thing for me. If I can eliminate a little bit of effort and keep everything moving in a straight line, it’s going to help me.”