Knee not an issue as Richards does PFP

Coming back from ruptured patellar tendon, Angels righty comfortable coming off mound

Knee not an issue as Richards does PFP

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Garrett Richards took part in monitored pitchers' fielding practice Wednesday afternoon, breaking off a mound for the first time and basically simulating the play that led to his ruptured left patellar tendon on Aug. 20.

Richards hardly gave any thought to the knee.

"I'm past that," the Angels right-hander said shortly thereafter. "I was more excited to get going than anything."

Richards is instead focused on getting properly stretched out for a full season, and the 26-year-old righty took another step toward that goal with his sixth bullpen session earlier on Wednesday, throwing fastballs and breaking balls from the windup and the stretch, and coming out of it feeling good.

Richards is still getting a feel for his offspeed stuff, but he said, "I feel like I can go out there and compete right now."

Additional notes from Wednesday's workout

• Non-roster reliever Atahualpa Severino arrived on Wednesday, after previously being held up in the Dominican Republic because of visa issues.

• Cuban middle infielder Roberto Baldoquin is still sorting out his own visa issues, but there's a good chance he will report to Minor League camp over the weekend.

• First baseman/outfielder Efren Navarro has been away from the team since Tuesday to take care of a personal matter. He could return on Thursday.

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.