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Friday, August 1, 2014

Angels Injury Update: Tyler Skaggs to DL with forearm strain

By on 8/01/2014 07:45:00 AM

UPDATE 15:30 ET: Skaggs has been placed on the 15-day DL with the forearm strain and Michael Roth was called up to replace him on the roster. The team announced the move on their official Twitter account on Friday afternoon, but there is no word as to the severity of the injury yet:

Original article:
Tyler Skaggs was cruising through Thursday's start against the Baltimore Orioles, no-hitting the O's through the first four innings, when he felt something tighten up in his left arm. Alden Gonzalez of reports that the Los Angeles Angels starter tweaked his flexor tendon while throwing a changeup to Delmon Young and, although he was able to strike out J.J. Hardy too, he told Gonzalez his arm was 'killing him'.

After a fastball that was well below his average velocity, manager Mike Scioscia and trainer Rick Smith came out to get Skaggs and he left the game. Scioscia did not sound overly concerned about Skaggs' health long-term, but he still emphasised caution when speaking to Gonzalez:

"Any pitcher that has something in their arm, whether it's their forearm or elbow or shoulder, there's no doubt you're concerned and you want to be cautious with it," Scioscia said. "I don't think we're overly concerned long range, but we're going to certainly monitor this right now."

The 23-year-old will have an MRI on his arm on Friday, but Gonzalez says team doctors have told Skaggs his ulnar collateral ligament is fine. The left-hander has already spent time on the DL this year with a hamstring strain. After being drafted by the Angels back in 2009, he was part of the trade that brought Dan Haren to Anaheim as Skaggs joined the Diamondbacks. He returned this off-season in the three-way trade that sent Mark Trumbo to Arizona and Adam Eaton to Chicago. This year is his first extended shot at staying in a big league rotation.

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