ANAHEIM -- The present world of Garrett Richards could change drastically in less than 24 hours. "I'm either going to go home tonight and pack up my stuff," Richards said, "or go home tonight and go to bed." It's part of the harsh reality of professional baseball, and it's a reality the 24-year-old Richards has accepted.
The Angels will be activating Jered Weaver (strained lower back) from the 15-day disabled list prior to Wednesday's game and will have to make a corresponding roster move to open up a spot. Prior to Monday night, the obvious choice -- especially after Ervin Santana redeemed himself with a near-perfect game on Saturday -- was to send down Richards, even though he had pitched so well and has so much upside. But on Monday night, Jerome Williams continued to struggle -- now 0-3 with a 7.56 ERA over his last three starts -- and was taken to the hospital after experiencing a shortness of breath, putting this whole situation in a flux. Richards' chances of staying on Tuesday afternoon were a lot better than they were on Monday afternoon. But there's still that chance he'll be pitching for Triple-A Salt Lake by Wednesday. "There's nothing I can do about it," he said. "Like I told you guys before, they're going to make the right decision. It's not my decision to make. I took advantage of my opportunities, helped the team out and got three wins, so I'm happy." Richards can sleep easily because of how well he pitched while taking Weaver's place in the rotation, going 2-0 with a 0.90 ERA in his three starts. He credited that to trusting his stuff and being more aggressive, instead of nibbling at corners like he was prone to doing in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League. "I'm happy with what I did with the opportunities that were given to me, and right now, I'm in the mindset of getting ready for my next start, or out of the 'pen, or whatever they want me to do," said Richards, who came into the season as the Angels' No. 2 prospect. "I just want to help the team win."