Richards undergoing MRI on right biceps

Angels starter exited Wednesday's start with cramping

Richards undergoing MRI on right biceps

OAKLAND -- Angels right-hander Garrett Richards will undergo a precautionary MRI on Friday in Anaheim, general manager Billy Eppler said after Thursday's 5-1 loss to the A's.

Richards departed his start against the A's on Wednesday after experiencing right biceps cramping in the fifth inning. Richards, who had tossed 4 2/3 scoreless innings, later said he wasn't concerned about the issue.

Richards was making his first Major League start since May 1, 2016. The 28-year-old ace missed nearly all of last season after suffering a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament, though he opted for a stem-cell injection, rather than Tommy John surgery, to attempt to heal his damaged right elbow.

Manager Mike Scioscia said Thursday that the Angels will wait for Richards to be examined by team doctors before deciding whether he'll make his next start Tuesday against the Rangers.

"I think our medical staff is going to look into things," Scioscia said. "They're confident this isn't connected to his other situation last year, so we'll wait for guidance. Tomorrow, he'll be evaluated and probably have some tests done to see what's going on. But Garrett is comfortable when he talks about it, so hopefully this is just a little bump in the road."

Maria Guardado covers the Angels for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.