Angels lose Richards to torn patellar tendon

Richards finishes the season 13-4 with a 1.04 WHIP. Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Garrett Richards suffered a patellar tendon tear during Wednesday’s game and will undergo season-ending surgery next week, according to the Orange County Register.

Following an unfortunate incident Wednesday against the Boston Red Sox in which Richards’ knee buckled while he attempted to cover first base, the right-hander will undergo a corrective procedure which will sideline him for 6-to-9 months.

The proposed timetable means that Richards’ absence could extend to the early part of the 2015 season.

“It doesn’t look too good for him,” pitcher Jered Weaver told MLB.com. “He’s been our guy all year. He’s been that guy you count on to get deep in games and pull out a victory. To have something like that happen is obviously a crushing blow to any team. Our thoughts and prayers are with him, and hopefully it doesn’t turn out as bad as everyone thinks it is.”

The injury marks an unfortunate end to a breakout season for Richards, who had a 2.61 ERA and 164 strikeouts in 168.2 innings. He has been placed on the 60-day disabled list.