Angels place Garrett Richards on 10-day DL with biceps strain

Richards was making his first start since undergoing biometrics surgery to correct a torn ligament in his pitching elbow that occurred previous year. C Martin Maldonado started the first three games this season.

Frankie Montas - who arrived in the same trade as Cotton - pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings in his A's debut.

Los Angeles Angels pitcher Garrett Richards (43) throws against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, April 5, 2017.

Playing in his seventh year, Richards showed prior to his injury last year that he could be the Angels' ace. The Angels are taking an ultra-cautious approach in terms of extended rest in between starts and Richards even admitted that he plans on taking a restrained and more ecomonical approach. He avoided Tommy John surgery and recovered using stem-cell treatments.

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Jharel Cotton started for Oakland and got off to a terrific start, setting down the first four hitters he faced, including an impressive strikeout of Angels star Mike Trout.

The Angels missed the playoffs in each of the last two seasons and will need other pitchers such as youngster Tyler Skaggs and veterans Ricky Nolasco and Matt Shoemaker to carry the load while Richards is out. Simmons has hits in eight straight games vs. Manager Bob Melvin said he tried to throw a second pitch and was still feeling.

"It was a complete surprise to us and to him", Melvin said.

"That's a great first step for Garrett", Scioscia said. There is no firm timetable for Bassitt's return, but the pitcher hopes to start throwing rehab games in the minors by May and perhaps return to the A's by June.

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