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Richards improving but not cleared to throw

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ARLINGTON -- Angels pitcher Garrett Richards isn't returning yet, but he's getting closer.

Richards, who has been on the 60-day disabled list since April 22 with a right biceps strain he suffered in his only start this year against the Athletics on April 5, received an electromyogram on Friday.

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ARLINGTON -- Angels pitcher Garrett Richards isn't returning yet, but he's getting closer.

Richards, who has been on the 60-day disabled list since April 22 with a right biceps strain he suffered in his only start this year against the Athletics on April 5, received an electromyogram on Friday.

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The test showed "improvement in the musculocutaneous nerve." The Angels said he will continue his strengthening and rehab program and will be continually re-evaluated each week to monitor progression. The Angels also said Richards has not been cleared to begin throwing.

Sam Butler is a reporter for MLB.com based in Arlington and covered the Angels on Friday.

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