Garrett Richards going down with a torn UCL is just the latest blow to a very fragile rotation. To many, that rotation is now pretty much shattered. Even the official Angels depth chart lists only 4 pitchers, and one of them is Richards.
So that leaves us with Weaver, Santiago, and Tropeano? You can't pitch with 3 starters - everyone knows that. What happened to all 8 pitchers? Let's take a look:
Garrett Richards- likely having TJ surgery (probably out through end of 2017)
Andrew Heaney- torn UCL (trying to rehab it - may be out for season) (unconfirmed)
- Hector Santiago - This is our new Ace!
- Jered Weaver - let's hope he can hold his 82MPH fastball together all year
- Nick Tropeano - there is no doubt this rookie is here to stay all season now
CJ Wilson- Might come back in late June?
- Matt Shoemaker - He and his 9+ ERA were recently sent down to the minors.
Tyler Skaggs- recently shut down from starts in AAA with biceps tendonitis
- Nate Smith - he's been pitching great in AAA this year, but didn't have a great spring. Hopefully he's found his stuff, because a call up for him almost seems like a done deal now.
- Kyle Kendrick - another righty that is doing "ok" in Salt Lake. He's given up 12ER in 18.2 innings, but you know, veteran grit and all that so with a cheap owner (do we have one of those), he may get the call up as well
- Zach Nuding, Yunesky Maya, and Chris Jones - I wouldn't count on help from them any time soon. They have given up 57ER in 61IP with 28 walks.
- Tim Lincecum is throwing today, and the Angels better have someone there. He's got potential. At the very least he would at least be better than Shoemaker, right?
- Kyle Lohse is also throwing for teams today. Lohse is 37 and has a career ERA of 4.33. His best years are probably behind him and 2015 did him no favors. But maybe if the price is right?
- John Danks was released by the White Sox, but his season hasn't been much better than Shoemaker. Do we need another one of those?
- Tommy Milone has never been that graeat ofa pitcher, but he IS a lefty and the Twin don't want him no more.
- Mark Buehrle, Aaron Harang, and Scott Baker are all still free agents.
Some potential diamond in the rough free agents might be had in the list above if Arte is willing to spend some money. In addition, given the fact that Heaney and Richards may be out until the end of next season and Weaver and Richards may not re-sign, you can bet Billy Eppler is also looking toward 2017 and beyond as he builds the pitching staff back up for 2016.