Clayton Richard SP PIT 2 months ago

Richard believes he's close to resurfacing in the majors with Pittsburgh. "I'm real happy with where I'm at," Richard told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "I don't think I'm that far away from being a big league option, and that excites me."

The plan is for Richard to remain at Pirate City for a couple weeks while the team decides his next step. Most likely, the 31-year-old will report to Triple-A Indianapolis in mid-April to continue his quest back to the big leagues. Given the frailty of the team's starters, Richard will likely find his way to Pittsburgh this summer.

Clayton Richard SP PIT 2 months ago

Richard declined his opt-out clause and will pitch in the Pirates' extended spring training, possibly followed by a move to Triple-A Indianapolis, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Richard will not begin the season with the Pirates, but likely feels the organization is his best chance at a shot back in the bigs. The 31-year-old missed most of 2014 due to thoracic outlet syndrome, but appears to be managing the issue in regards to pitching. While it's possible he resurfaces in the majors at some point in 2015, he could also serve as organizational depth.

Clayton Richard SP PIT 2 months ago

Richard threw two shutout innings Saturday, allowing two hits while striking out three batters, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

"It was another confidence boost for him," manager Clint Hurdle said. Richard has a chance to be yet another successful reclamation for pitching coach Ray Searage and the team's staff. The lefty will almost surely start the season with Triple-A Indianapolis.

Clayton Richard SP PIT 3 months ago

The Pirates are working with Richard to break the bad habits he developed while pitching with thoracic outlet syndrome, the team's official website reports.

Pitching coach Ray Searage is looking for Richard to smooth out and consistently repeat his delivery. "He's strong as an ox. Just got to work on a couple things," Searage said. "He's in protection mode. He knows that old feeling of when he felt the pain, the body goes into 9-1-1." Richard will likely start the season at Triple-A, but injuries to the pitching staff could earn him a shot at the rotation. The lefty has tossed on 86 professional innings since 2012 due to injury.

Clayton Richard SP PIT 4 months ago

Richard (shoulder) is looking to rebound after missing nearly all of the 2014 season following his recovery from thoracic outlet syndrome, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Richard is a longshot to make the Pirates, at least out of camp, but he is one of only two lefties (along with Jeff Locke) in the mix. Pittsburgh has helped to rehab starters such as Francisco Liriano and Vance Worley, and will look to do the same with Richard. He posted a 3.75 ERA in 201.2 IP in 2010 but hasn't been healthy since.

Clayton Richard SP PIT 6 months ago

Richard signed a minor league contract with the Pirates on Monday that includes an invitation to spring training.

Richard signed a minor league deal with the Diamondbacks midway through last season, and made four starts between Double-A and Triple-A, finishing with a 6.60 ERA and 1.80 WHIP with seven strikeouts over 15 innings at Double-A. With the Pirates in danger of losing Edinson Volquez and Francisco Liriano to free agency, Richard may have an outside shot at snagging a rotation spot with a strong spring training.

Clayton Richard SP PIT 9 months ago

Richard allowed three runs in seven innings for Double-A Mobile against the Mississippi Braves on Wednesday.

Richard, who missed two years due to shoulder surgeries, has put together two quality starts. His record remains at 0-2 for the year. He allowed six runs in his first start with Mobile. It remains to be seen whether Richard will make a run at the Diamondbacks this season.

Clayton Richard SP PIT 9 months ago

Richard allowed six runs on nine hits and one walk while striking out two in three innings of work for Double-A Mobile.

This was Richard's first game since June 21, after undergoing two shoulder surgeries. He is 46-47 in his six-year career and holds a 4.33 ERA. The start means he's at least close to 100 percent again. He could add depth to the Diamondbacks' rotation or stay at Triple-A Reno at the end of the season.

Clayton Richard SP PIT 10 months ago

Diamondbacks signed LHP Clayton Richard to a minor league contract.

He'll make a start for the Arizona League Diamondbacks this weekend. Richard underwent AC joint surgery last summer and thoracic outlet surgery over the offseason but is finally ready for game action again after a long rehab. He could possibly come up with the D'Backs in September if he looks good in the minors.

Clayton Richard SP PIT 2 years ago

Clayton Richard has elected free agency.

Richard had been outrighted off the Padres' 40-man roster. He was going to be non-tendered eventually, so it's just a matter of him hitting free agency sooner. The left-hander posted a 7.01 ERA over 52 2/3 innings this season before undergoing surgery to shave down part of his left clavicle. He's expected to be fine for spring training and should land in someone's rotation.