There are no plans to limit or shut down right-hander Garrett Richards, who is 14 innings shy of his 2013 mark of 145 while leading the Los Angeles Angels with an 11-2 record and 2.47 ERA in 20 starts.
"The more consistent I stay with my routine, the better I feel," Richards told MLB.com. "Throwing 100 pitches every five days and getting my bullpen in between, that's when I feel my best. I want to pitch every fifth day. I wouldn't want to get shut down or have my innings conserved."
General manager Jerry Dipoto said skipping Richards in the final two months of the season or putting a hard cap on his innings total are not options the team is discussing.
"Not at all," Dipoto told MLB.com. "Garrett has thrown from end to end in a season. His innings have not escalated to the point where they're 200-plus, but Garrett throws the ball as easily as anybody you'll ever see. It's not a violent delivery, it's not a violent package. He maintains velocity pretty easily."
Richards failed to pitch into the seventh inning just six times in 20 starts. He is at 131 1/3 innings this season, closing in fast on his career-high of 145 in 2013. The Angels begin play Tuesday two games behind the Oakland Athletics for the best record in baseball and in the American League West standings.
"There will be time in the second half where we might be able to back up his pitch count on a given day or take him out," Dipoto said. "But we're not so phobic with innings that we're not going to pay attention to what the player is doing, or what his performance is telling us."