The San Diego Padres will finally get one of their notable offseason additions onto the mound Monday against the Milwaukee Brewers, as right-hander Garrett Richards will make his club debut after undergoing Tommy John surgery 15 months ago.
Richards and the Padres agreed on a two-year, $15.5-million contract this past winter while the 31-year-old was still recovering from a torn ulnar collateral ligament suffered while pitching for the Los Angeles Angels.
He made five rehab appearances in the Padres' minor-league system, allowing 11 runs on 12 hits and 11 walks over 9 1/3 innings.
Prior to suffering the UCL injury, Richards had authored a 3.66 ERA over 76 1/3 innings in 2018. Over his eight-year career, Richards owns a 3.54 ERA and 3.62 FIP over 170 contests (115 starts) - all with the Angels.