Clayton Richard
P CHC
2 weeks ago

The Cubs activated Richard (knee) from the disabled list Friday, Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago reports.

EDGE Analysis

Richard has been sidelined since late June with his knee injury, but he is ready to rejoin the Cubs after completing a four-game rehab assignment. He will work out of the Cubs' bullpen but tossed at least three innings in each of his last three minor-league outings, so he figures to be available for long relief if needed.

Clayton Richard
P CHC
2 weeks ago

Richard (hand) will not likely return to the Cubs until after the All-Star break July 15.

EDGE Analysis

Richard was placed on the 15-day DL on June 21 due to a blister on his hand. He has made three rehab appearances, including a 4.2 inning start Friday with Double-A Tennessee, allowing one earned run on three hits while striking out four. The 32-year-old should be ready to go by the time the All-Star break ends, and could make another rehab appearance in the meantime before rejoining the Cubs' bullpen.

Clayton Richard
P CHC
3 weeks ago

Richard (hand) is set to continue his rehab with Double-A Tennessee, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

With Triple-A Iowa heading on a road trip, Richard will continue his rehab assignment with Double-A Tennessee as he nears his return to the majors. The 32-year-old turned in a strong outing the last time he took the mound for Triple-A Iowa, giving up only a hit and two walks over four scoreless innings. He'll likely make one or two more tune up appearances for Double-A Tennessee and could get called up before the All-Star Break.

Clayton Richard
P CHC
1 month ago

Richard (hand) is headed to Triple-A Iowa for a rehab assignment, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.

EDGE Analysis

Richard was placed on the DL just five days ago, so it appears safe to say the blister that landed him there is minor. Look for a minimum stay on the DL before Richard returns to middle relief.

Clayton Richard
P CHC
1 month ago

Richard was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a blister, Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago reports.

EDGE Analysis

Richard has pitched 12.1 innings as a reliever for the Cubs this season, and posted a 7.30 ERA and 2.19 WHIP. He is used mostly for organizational depth in the Cubs bullpen.

Clayton Richard
P CHC
2 months ago

Richard faced two batters Tuesday against the Phillies and couldn't retire either one, giving up a single and an intentional walk.

EDGE Analysis

That's two appearances in a row in which Richard failed to get an out, and the appearance before that one wasn't good either. In that three-game stretch, covering 0.2 innings, he's given up seven hits, a walk, a hit batter, and four runs. He has an 8.00 ERA and 2.33 WHIP in 17 appearances this season. It could be close to the end for the 32-year-old left-hander.

Clayton Richard
P CHC
2 months ago

Richard gave up three hits and two runs without recording an out Tuesday against the Dodgers.

EDGE Analysis

Richard came into a 0-0 game in the eighth inning and gave up three straight singles to take the loss. He's been terrible this season, giving up 11 runs (eight earned) and 16 hits in just nine innings. Though Richard was valuable in the postseason last year, his days may be numbered in Chicago this season.

Clayton Richard
P CHC
2 months ago

Richard recorded the final out of Wednesday's game against Milwaukee in the 12th inning for his first career save.

EDGE Analysis

Once a mediocre starter, the veteran lefty is little more than a LOOGY for the Cubs, and not a particularly effective one. Left-handed hitters have actually gone 4-for-11 (.364) to open the year against him, but he did get Kirk Niewenhuis on a grounder to end this game. Nonetheless, Richard retains nearly zero fantasy relevance.

Clayton Richard
P CHC
3 months ago

Richard gave up two runs in one-third of an inning against the Rockies on Friday.

EDGE Analysis

Richard has only made two appearances this season, but it's hard to tell much about the pitching usage of the Cubs' bullpen with the team involved in so many lopsided games in the early going. He'll probably be used more as a garbage-time pitcher in 2016, but he may be called upon to get key outs as the season goes along.

Clayton Richard
P CHC
4 months ago

Richard made an appearance for the second day in a row Saturday, giving up two hits in a scoreless inning.

EDGE Analysis

Richard gave up five runs and took the loss Friday, but the Cubs wanted to see him back on the mound on back-to-back days. He's likely to make the team as the top lefty reliever on the staff.