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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Angels Injury Update: Tyler Skaggs strong in return from DL

By on 7/03/2014 01:00:00 PM

The Los Angeles Angels lost to the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday by the score of 3-2. The loss dropped the Angels to 47-36 on the season, second in the American League West. David Freese and Josh Hamilton accounted for the Angels' runs with solo home runs. The good news coming out of the loss was the return of Tyler Skaggs, who made his first start since returning from the disabled list.

I reported on June 30 that Skaggs threw 45 pitches prior to Sunday's game and felt good, saying he is ready to go.

An update on Skaggs, as reported by Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, is that he threw 7 2/3 innings on Wednesday, allowing only two runs on five hits, striking out six.  The outing was very impressive following a seven run, five walk outing in three innings just six days ago at Triple-A.

Skaggs threw 87 pitches and felt he could have continue, but manager Mike Scioscia had Skaggs on a pitch count and felt he'd had enough.

Skaggs, obviously embarrassed by his previous start, felt he had something to prove.
“I was kind of embarrassed after my rehab outing. Walking five and giving up that many runs in a triple-A game wears on you a bit, so I wanted to show everyone I'm still the same pitcher I was.”
Skaggs is 4-4 with a 4.16 ERA in 13 starts this season. He pitched parts of the last two seasons with the Arizona Diamondacks and was 3-6 is 13 appearances. Skaggs has a career record of 7-10 with a 4.73ERA.

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