Southpaw Tyler Skaggs Likely Out For Next 10-12 Weeks

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Updated: May 1, 2017

The injury bug can never seem to go away for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The plague has already popped into the limelight this year for them after only a month. The area where the team has been affected the most is the pitching staff at large. Their bullpen has had to step up recently on account of injuries to not only Huston Street, but other back end relievers. Cam Bedrosian and Andrew Bailey were supposed to be the secondary options after Street was hurt in his first sliver of Spring Training action. But the bug hit them as well. Someway, somehow they were the next victims.

Additionally, perhaps the biggest injury the Angels have suffered so far was the one to Garrett Richards. This one was particularly painful to swallow since Richards is probably the closest thing to an ace that the Angels have. It was also difficult by virtue of the lack of quality pitching depth the team has in the minors. However, nerve inflammation in his right biceps region will force G-Rich to be out until June at the bare minimum. While J.C. Ramirez has been a solid replacement, Ramirez is not a traditional starter by any stretch of the imagination.

The team’s pitching staff was given yet another crushing blow today. Alas, it is not just any blow. It is once again relative to their pitching. According to a report from ESPN.com, Tyler Skaggs will be out for the next 10-12 weeks. The hurler has been diagnosed with a Grade 2 right oblique strain. It is strange because the injury he attained a few days back was originally coined as minor in scope.

In Friday night’s game against the Texas Rangers, the left-handed starting pitcher mystifyingly left the game after 5 innings. After a couple frames passed, he was initially diagnosed with right side tightness. As a result, Skaggs was placed on the Halos’ 10 day DL. Thus, he was only expected to miss a start or two at the most. Nothing more, though.

So, a 10-12 week timeline is not ideal for the Angels by any means. Such a statement does not even suffice at this stage. It is far too mild. It’s like salsa that only consists of tomatoes. Due to an already weakened rotation this eye-twitching news only makes matters worse for the AL West squad (needless to say). What is every bit as disappointing is that Skaggs’ last three starts were far better when placed up against his first two of 2017.

Skaggs is 1-1 so far this season and has amassed a 3.99 ERA in his five starts. In 29.1 innings of work, he has earned 29 strikeouts in total and has coughed up a trio of home runs.

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