Angels SP Garrett Richardsleft Wednesday's game with a "serious" left knee injury suffered when he was covering first base in the bottom of the second inning. Richards was taken off the field on a stretcher, and will be re-evaluated today. The possibility of surgery was mentioned to Richards in the trainer's room, according to the Orange County Register, and almost everyone who saw the injury (reported to be Richards' patellar tendon) assumes that Richards' season is over.
If you own Richards, you've got plenty of fantasy free-agent options, including this blog's daily streaming recommendations. If you'd like a more permanent solution, start by looking at a couple of Rays: Jake Odorizzi (owned in 48.7 percent of FOXSports.com leagues) and Drew Smyly (21.6 percent owned).
Wednesday's studs & duds
Stud: Detroit's Rick Porcello threw a three-hit shutout against the Rays. Porcello ranks 27th among starters in ERA (3.10) and 18th in WHIP (1.12).
Stud: Porcello's teammate, Victor Martinez, hit his 24th home run of the season and added five RBI.
Cubs SS Starlin Castro has been placed on the bereavement list after returning to the Dominican Republic due to the death of some friends and family members. Castro's absence will last somewhere between three and seven days, and rookie Javier Baez will shift to shortstop in his place.
Jeurys Familiagot a five-out save for the Mets on Wednesday due to Jenrry Mejia being unavailable. Mejia is dealing with back issues and a hernia, and hasn't pitched well lately. If you're looking to speculate on some September saves, Familia (0.7 percent owned) would be near the top of the list of possibilities.
Wil Myerswas hitless in his return to the Rays' lineup on Wednesday. Myers hit two home runs in a seven-game rehab assignment, and is owned in 43.7 percent of FOXSports.com leagues. He could offer you some cheap power down the stretch.
Nate Eovaldi wasn't so good on Wednesday, so we're down to 77-50 for the season. Today's pick is Brandon McCarthy (33.2 percent owned) against the Astros, while Friday's selection is Marcus Stroman (30.5 percent owned) versus the Rays.