Multiple other outlets have confirmed this report. The Angels cited fatigue and dehydration when they scratched Richards from Friday's scheduled start versus the Rays, but Passan says they found the UCL tear while examining the righty on Thursday. It's absolutely brutal news for the club, as Richards is far and away their best starter. Assuming he goes under the knife, he would be sidelined until around midseason next year. Passan says that Andrew Heaney has UCL damage, too, but will try to rehab the injury for now. The Angels should have an update on their pitchers later Friday.
Slauson has recently visited the Chargers, so this is his next suggested move. He was drafted by coach Rex Ryan with the Jets in 2009. Buffalo reportedly envisions Slauson as a right tackle. Slauson was Pro Football Focus' No. 18 guard last season, excelling in pass protection. He has position versatility, being able to play either guard spot or center.
Waynes may have to really step it up in order to get a more suitable role for him in the near future, but truthfully, if the Vikings don't have Waynes -- the No. 11 overall pick in 2015 -- playing a bigger role in his second season, they could have a problem on their hands.
"I definitely want to play with these guys and for this coach. No question in my mind that I'm interested in coming back," Lin said. He holds a player option for a shade over $2 million for next year, but it's clear that the opt-out is preferred in in order for him to search for a larger average annual salary and multi-year security.
The Pirates have already cleared a spot for him by optioning Jason Rogers to Triple-A Indianapolis. Kang (who hit .287 with 15 home runs and 58 runs batted in in 421 at-bats last season) struggled during his rehab assignment, hitting just .150 over 40 at-bats. The Pirates plan on easing him into action with David Freese still making occasional starts at third base. Kang hasn't played for the Pirates since injuring his knee on a hard slide by Chris Coghlan back on September 17.