Angels lose Richards for 6-9 months with knee injury
Angels right-hander Garrett Richards sustained a torn patellar tendon in his left knee during a nasty tumble Wednesday night and will undergo season-ending surgery next week.
Richards’ knee buckled when he was covering first base during a game against the Boston Red Sox. He was treated on the field for 10 minutes before being carted off on a stretcher.
The expected recovery time from the surgery is six to nine months, which could extend into the start of the 2015 season.
The loss of Richards is a big blow for the first-place Angels in their bid to win the American League West title and reach the postseason.
Richards, having an ace-like season with a 13-4 record and a 2.61 ERA in 26 starts.
Patriots cut defensive lineman, tight end
The New England Patriots released defensive lineman Marcus Forston and tight end D.J. Williams on Thursday.
Forston, 24, played in three games last season for New England and had three tackles. He spent most of the 2012 and 2013 seasons on the Patriots’ practice squad.
Williams, 25, appeared in two regular-season games with the Patriots last season after signing on Nov. 27 and re-signing on Dec. 9. A fifth-round draft pick by Green Bay in 2011, Williams was released by the Packers and spent time last season with the Jacksonville Jaguars before joining the Patriots.
In 35 career NFL games, Williams has made three starts and has nine receptions for 70 yards.
Brees plans to play Saturday
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is on target in his recovery from a strained oblique to play Saturday in an exhibition game against the Indianapolis Colts.
It likely will be Brees’ first and only game action during the preseason. He’s expected to play about a half.
“It is important, it is important,” Brees said. “I want to play well, I want to get out there and feel comfortable. I feel like this week has been great just to get back out and feel like I’m throwing the ball like I should. And now it’s just time to take it to the game field and go through this final dress rehearsal before the season.”
MLB stars to face Japan in five-game series
All-Star slugger Albert Pujols of the Los Angeles Angels and the Seattle Mariners’ Robinson Cano headline a Major League Baseball squad that will take on the Japan national team in a five-game series, MLB said on Thursday.
The Baltimore Orioles’ Adam Jones and Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig have also been confirmed for the series that will be played from Nov. 12-18 with games in Osaka, Tokyo and Sapporo.
Texas Rangers skipper Ron Washington, who led his team to back-to-back American League pennants in 2010 and 2011, will manage the team.
The 2014 renewal of the event will mark the 11th All-Star series and the 36th time overall that a team of Major Leaguers has toured Japan dating back to 1908.