Angels, Richards disagree on pitcher’s readiness

Garrett Richards is ready. It’s the Angels who aren’t.

Richards will make at least one start in Triple-A before to test the repaired patella tendon in his left knee before he joins the Angels rotation, delaying the return of the team’s best pitcher last year.

Richards threw 97 pitches in a simulated game on Thursday, his fourth appearance in a controlled environment. It was enough to convince him he’s ready to start on Tuesday.

“I feel like I’m ready to go,” Richards said. “(Thursday) was probably the best I’ve felt from start to finish without fatiguing or anything like that. Covering bases was fine and fielding bunts and stuff was fine…I feel like I’m right where I need to be.”
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Bees delay Angels’ spring training game against Royals; Newcomb debuts

A bee keeper sprays a swarm of bees that caused a bee delay in the fifth inningas he Angels play the Kansas City Royals in a Spring Training game at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe, Arizona on Sunday March 8, 2015. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

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TEMPE, Ariz. >> Angels pitcher Matt Shoemaker was feeling calm as he warmed up for Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Royals on a warm afternoon in the desert.

Then a bee buzzed around his head.

“(Erick) Aybar yelled ‘Shoe there’s a swarm coming!’ That’s when I ran off the field,” Shoemaker said.

The swarm migrated like a tornado from left-center field at Tempe Diablo Stadium to the protective netting behind home plate. It finally settled on the “shotgun microphone,” perched high up in the net, used to pick up the crack of a bat for radio and television broadcasts. After 10 minutes Shoemaker warmed up again and the umpires allowed the game to begin.

The bees had the best seat in the house.

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