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Richards sent down as Angels recall Carpenter

Richards sent down as Angels recall Carpenter

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Richards sent down as Angels recall Carpenter
ARLINGTON -- Starter Garrett Richards was informed that he was being sent down shortly after he arrived in the visiting clubhouse at Rangers Ballpark on Thursday. So there he was, standing in the hallway just outside of where the lockers sit and staring at his suitcase, making sure he had everything for his flight back to Salt Lake, home of the Angels' Triple-A affiliate.

Richards was disappointed, but not surprised.

"With our bullpen being a little bit taxed right now and us having an abundance of starting pitching," he said, "I kind of figured something was going to happen."

Richards is the young, talented arm Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto was very hesitant to give up in a trade last month. But because he's out of options, Ervin Santana remains in the rotation, Zack Greinke is on board and Richards himself didn't necessarily prove worthy of staying, he was sent down, replaced by David Carpenter, who will serve as a long reliever for a beleaguered bullpen.

After giving up five runs in 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision in Wednesday's extra-inning loss to the Rangers, the 24-year-old Richards is 3-2 with a 4.33 ERA in 54 Major League innings this season.

Thursday marked his third demotion of the year.

"It doesn't ever get easy, but it just kind of becomes a part of it," Richards said. "I mean, this is my year. I have options. Everybody has to go through it at some point."

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