The Los Angeles Angels start a hugely important divisional series against the Oakland Athletics on Monday night. Unfortunately for them, they will have to look to an alternate starting pitcher for the second game on Tuesday night.
The team announced on Monday that Tyler Skaggs will be scratched from his Tuesday start with a strained hamstring and will be placed on the 15-day disabled list. According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times:
“Scioscia said that Skaggs, who is 4-4 with a 4.34 earned-run average in 12 starts, did not injure himself on any particular play last Thursday night in Houston, a game in which Skaggs allowed four runs and seven hits in five innings of an 8-5 loss.”
The team insisted that the move was precautionary so that the team could avoid a more serious injury to their young starter. They are hoping that doing this now rather than asking Skaggs to pitch through the discomfort will make it so that he misses the minimal amount of time.
Through 12 starts this season Skaggs has a 4-4 record and a 4.34 ERA. Traded back to the Angels as part of the deal that sent Mark Trumbo to the Arizona Diamondbacks, the 22-year-old has seen mixed results and a slight dip in his K/9 thus far (6.8).
The Angels will turn to Hector Santiago to take Skaggs’ spot in the rotation. Santiago has not had much go right this season, as he was demoted out of the rotation and then out of the big leagues before this scheduled return on Tuesday.
Los Angeles remains near the top of the American League despite some ongoing questions in their rotation. This injury for Skaggs is just the latest issue they will have to overcome.