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Mike Trout says Garrett Richards’ knee injury made him ‘sick to my stomach’ (video)


Los Angeles Angels pitcher Garrett Richards suffered what manager Mike Scioscia deemed afterward a “significant injury” to his left patellar tendon while attempting to cover first base during the second inning of Wednesday’s game against the Boston Red Sox.

Before Richards could make it to the bag, he crumpled to the ground, writhing in clear pain and obvious agony. The pitcher is scheduled to fly back to Los Angeles on Thursday to be examined by team doctors, but if the injury is in fact a torn patellar tendon, as is believed, Richards faces surgery and a grueling rehabilitation process that could stretch out up to six months.

“Obviously he’s very distraught,” Scioscia said after the game, according to an ESPN Boston report. “He knows that it’s not good, and we’ll get some direction from our medical staff.”

Teammate Jared Weaver said a tearful Richards was informed by medical staff that he likely will need surgery. It that’s the case, his season obviously was finished in a matter of seconds.

Angels outfielder Mike Trout, who was in the lineup as designated hitter on Wednesday, was so overcome and disturbed by the gruesome injury suffered by his teammate that he claimed afterward that he felt ill.

“When I saw him go down,” he said. “I got sick to my stomach.”

Richards’ injury evoked the exact same reaction by Red Sox catcher David Ross, who was the base runner retired at second base on the play.

“I was actually walking off and listening to him scream in pain,” said Ross. “I got pretty sick to my stomach, as you can tell. That’s a grown man out there screaming. Not a good feeling.”

After remaining down on the field for several minutes, Richards eventually was placed on a stretcher and wheeled off the field. As he was carted off, he acknowledged the crowd in Fenway Park.

The injury could prove to be a devastating blow to the Angels and the team’s rotation. Wednesday’s 8-3 win resulted in the Angels taking sole possession of first place in the AL West and the team expected to rely on Richards to lead the squad to the postseason down the stretch. The 26-year-old right-hander had a 13-4 record and 2.53 ERA heading into Wednesday’s start, which in all likelihood will be his last appearance in 2014.

“Garrett’s taking it hard,” Scioscia said. “This is a huge blow for him. The type year he was having, hopefully we’re in a position where there won’t be any long-term ramifications. That’s what we’re very hopeful there won’t be. We’ll see.”

(top image via @Joe_TOC)