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Garrett Richards leaves game early with biceps cramp

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Oakland Athletics

OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 05: Garrett Richards #43 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim comes out of the game with an injury with trainer Adam Nevala against the Oakland Athletics in the bottom of the fifth inning at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on April 5, 2017 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

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Angels ace Garrett Richards is pitching with a slightly torn ulnar collateral ligament that he chose to rehab with platelet-rich plasma rather than Tommy John surgery. That’s all well and good, but it also means that any time he even winces, people are gonna kinda freak out.

He winced a bit last night, experiencing biceps cramps during the fifth inning of the Angels’ victory over the Athletics. Mike Scioscia and the trainers took him out of the game, but everyone is feeling pretty OK about things. Richards:

“Nothing serious. My arm feels good. I felt good tonight, elbow feels fine, shoulder feels fine. It was just kind of a long inning and it just kind of stiffened up a little bit. There’s no red flags or anything, just something that flared up. ... Everything kind of moves on as planned.”

Later the team announced he came out for precautionary reasons. Richards went through strength tests as well and was said to have come through it just fine. He’ll be examined by team doctors back in Southern California, again, as a precautionary measure. The Angels will decide if he makes his next start after that.

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