Tyler Skaggs Is Ready To Rock ‘N’ Roll!

Updated: February 16, 2017

The last couple plus years of Tyler Skaggs’ life have perhaps been the toughest he has ever had to ride out. After undergoing surgery in the later portion of 2014 to revamp a torn UCL, it is logical to say that it has been an unyielding battle ever since.

He could not, alas, pitch for the Angels when they made the playoffs back in 2014. By the same token, he did not throw a single inning for them the following year due to the same lingering complication. And whilst last year he finally got back on the mound, there were only so many games he got the chance to start in when all was said and done.

In that event, 2017 may very well be an opportunity for Tyler to have an authentic, bounce back type season. In light of the fact that 2014 was the only time in his career where he has tossed over 100 innings, too, it is very fair to predict he can do that again and some.

Skaggs seems to be rather confident, too, in terms of his abilities and how he can help the club prosper in 2017. Pedro Moura of The Los Angeles Times explains this in further detail in the very words of the Halos’ southpaw.

“‘I’m just happy to be in the big leagues,’ he said. ‘Getting optioned down to triple A to start last season, I wasn’t happy about it. I can’t control it, but at the same time it really fueled me.’”

The aforesaid fuel Skaggs outlines will be much needed to say the least, and to be able to keep in mind that Skaggs is on a bit of a redemption-type mission gives more than adequate reason for fans to be pumped up. It reveals that he is ready.

Manager Mike Scioscia delved into additional explanation regarding what he expects to see from the lefty. Maria Guardado of MLB.com reports that Skaggs will not have a stipulated pitch count limit in 2017 unlike his teammate Garrett Richards. On the other hand, he may not end up pitching a whole lot more than 200 innings stemming from what Scioscia conjectures to be true. Thus, Skaggs will still to some degree be hampered for the lack of a better word.

Even if Skaggs does not necessarily eclipse the 200 plus inning plateau, though, it is extremely encouraging to hear that Skaggs must be feeling pretty good from a health frame of reference. With there being seemingly never-ending inquiries revolving around the starting rotation, a sign like this provides a great quantity of relief.

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