For the second time this season, the Angels are about to plug a rookie into a hole in their starting pitching rotation, it would appear.
This time, it will be Double-A right-hander Garrett Richards joining fellow rookie Tyler Chatwood. ESPN.com baseball analyst Keith Law, well connected in the player development world, just tweeted, "Also just heard Angels RHP Garrett Richards is getting called up."
If Law is right (and I'm awaiting confirmation), Richards will be making his debut Wednesday on a grand stage: Yankee Stadium.
Richards (12-2) ranks second in the Texas League with a 3.06 ERA. In 141 innings, he has struck out 100 batters and he has cut down on his walks, something that used to plague him. Richards, 23, has a mid-90s fastball, a curveball and changeup.
The Angels debated between Richards and pitchers already on their roster, primarily left-hander Hisanori Takahashi, who shut out the Yankees over 12 innings in his two starts against them last season for the Mets.