The Angels announced that they will be without lefty Tyler Skaggs for approximately ten to twelve weeks, as Mark Feinsand of MLB.com tweets. Skaggs has been diagnosed with a grade 2 oblique strain and received a PRP injection.
Coming into the year, the big question was whether the Halos’ pitching health would hold up. Thus far, it hasn’t. Staff ace Garrett Richards is already on the DL, as are the three pitchers who arguably represent the top three closer options (veterans Huston Street and Andrew Bailey along with excellent youngster Cam Bedrosian).
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Skaggs, 25, had been looking for his first complete MLB campaign. Though he reached the majors way back in 2012, as a hyped prospect at twenty years of age, he has managed only 260 total major league frames and has yet to make more than 18 starts in a single season.
The silver lining here is that there’s no new injury to Skaggs’s surgically repaired left elbow. He made it back from Tommy John surgery last year, and has thrown rather well over the 15 outings since his return. In that span, Skaggs had thrown 79 frames of 4.10 ERA ball with 9.0 K/9 against 3.6 BB/9. Through five starts this year, his walk rate (2.8 BB/9) and swinging-strike rate (10.1%) stand at career-best levels.