The Los Angeles Angels have suffered a huge blow as 27-year old righty starting pitcher Garrett Richards will miss the remainder of the 2016 season due to Tommy John surgery. Richards pitched in 6 games (all starts) for the Angels this year and he was 1-3 with a 2.34 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. He has now pitched in 148 games (93 starts) in his first six years with the Angels and he is 40-32 with 2 saves, a 3.58 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP. 28-year old righty reliever Cory Rasmus will take Richards’ spot tonight against the Tampa Bay Rays. Rasmus has pitched in 8 games (0 starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 0-1 with a 4.40 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP. Rasmus has started 7 games so far in his Major League career and he is 0-1 with a 2.86 ERA and a 0.86 WHIP. How long Rasmus stays in the rotation likely depends on his performance. Richards’ injury is a huge blow to the Angels’ playoff chances this year as he is clearly the best starting pitcher they have!