Injuries have played a big role in the Angels’ failure to live up to expectations in what has turned into a disastrous 2016 season. Here is the latest news surrounding the injured Halos pitchers.
Angels’ ace Garrett Richards landed on the DL with a UCL injury in his throwing arm. Rather than opting for Tommy John surgery, Richards has been receiving stem-cell treatment in hopes of repairing his damaged UCL. His UCL has progressed nicely and he is slated for another assessment on August 8th, which means that if he does return this season, it will be in September.
Andrew Heaney, who began the season as the Angels’ number two starter, experienced a UCL injury of his own. Similar to Richards, he attempted to cure it through stem-cell treatment. However, Heaney’s UCL did not progress like Richards, prompting him to undergo Tommy John surgery on July 1. This is a huge blow for the Angels because Heaney has tremendous upside and will now miss the remainder of the 2016 season and most likely all of the 2017 season.
Wilson has reportedly made no progress with his shoulder that has been hurting since February and is getting a second opinion. His last outing came in a rehab start over a month ago on May 25. It is doubtful that Wilson will take the mound for the Angels for the remainder of the season.
Tyler Skaggs is nearing a return to the Angels. He is set to start for the Angels AAA affiliate, the Salt Lake Bees, on July 2. He recently threw 4.1 scoreless innings for the Angels A affiliate, the Inland Empire 66ers, while recording 5 strikeouts and 0 walks. His velocity was in the 90s the entire time which is great news! Perhaps a return to the Angels shortly after the all-star break could be in reason.
Little has been said about the progression of Cory Rasmus since landing on the DL in early June. He is eligible to come off of the DL, so a return in the near future should be expected.
Smith looked good in his recent rehab start with the Inland Empire 66ers and is very close to a return to the Angels.