(LOS ANGELES) — Los Angeles Angels pitcher Garrett Richards tore a tendon in his knee on Wednesday night, an injury that will require surgery that will keep Richards out for at least six months.
Richards injured his leg covering first base during the second inning of Wednesday night’s game. On a ground ball to Angels first baseman Albert Pujols, on which Pujols threw to second for a force out, Richards crumpled to the ground while running to cover first.
The 26-year-old starting pitcher grabbed for his knee and was eventually taken off the field on a stretcher.
On Thursday, the Angels confirmed that Richards had suffered a torn patellar tendon, an injury that typically requires six to nine months from which to recover.
Richards’ loss is a tough one for the Angels, as he is the team leader in most statistical categories, including ERA, wins, strikeouts, and WHIP.
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John Newsome and Anne Woolsey, CNN