Angels RHP Garrett Richards threw five shutout innings in a minor league game vs. Colorado. He allowed one hit with five strikeouts and has yet to give up a run in two minor league stints.
Richards (13-4, 2.61 ERA) is gearing for a mid-April return to the Angels. He suffered a left patellar tendon tear that required surgery last August that put an end to his breakthrough season. He sounded very enthused about his latest start and his rehab overall.
"You have no idea," Richards said. "When you get sidelined like this for this long and getting back to somewhat normality, is really comforting."
"It’s reassuring also, mentally for me," he said. "When you get hurt, you have these questions in your head obviously of, `Am I going to be the same when I come back? How am I going to respond?’ Everything has really quickened."
Dodgers: RHP Carlos Frias starts against San Francisco’s Matt Cain in Scottsdale.
Angels: Top prospect Andrew Heaney takes his 8.36 ERA into a start vs. Cincinnati.