The Angels are saying Tyler Skaggs’ ulnar collateral ligament is fine. Will follow up with an exact diagnosis shortly.
— Pedro Moura (@pedromoura) September 14, 2016
The Angels actually caught a break this time. After being scratched from his next start with a forearm strain — the ailment that led to his original torn UCL diagnoses — Tyler Skaggs had an MRI that revealed no damage to the ligament this time. Just over two years removed from Tommy John Surgery, the young lefty has come far in his recovery, and has had a few setbacks. While battling back in the minors early this season, Tyler was shut down because of soreness in his shoulder, which was due to lack of consistent pitching for a year and a half. This bump in the road turned out to be merely another minor one. Skaggs is hoping to make his next start.
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.@Angels activate RHP Cory Rasmus from 60-day DL; transfer RHP Matt Shoemaker to 60-day DL.
— MLBRosterMoves (@MLBRosterMoves) September 15, 2016
- Rasmus is finally back but Shoe finally got the move that we all expected. After spending two months on the DL because of the same core injury he has suffered from for over a year, and requiring surgery, the former first round pick of the Atlanta Braves is back with the Halos.
- Shoe was hospitalized because of swelling in his brain, which was a side effect from the surgery he had to stop bleeding from his skull after being hit by a line drive off the bat of Kyle Seager two weeks ago. The Bearded One is fine, but one has to wonder what his future will be. Some people are never the same after an injury like that. All we can do is hope that Shoe has a full recovery so he can be with his family and live a long happy life.
Just realized this: the #Angels have 16 pitchers right now. Exactly one (Jered Weaver) has been on the active roster all season.
— Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) September 16, 2016
- Ironic isn’t it? The one guy many fans thought was done is the last man standing on the Halos’ staff. And it’s also a big reason the Angels are in last place. Not because of Jered’s performance, which has been all right considering his decline. But the amount of pitchers they have either had on the DL this season, or have picked up from other clubs via the waiver wire or by trade, is why they’re in the cellar. Eight pitchers on their staff have been designated for assignment by the Angels or another club. A full rotation, plus their set-up man and closer have missed significant time, and their setup man was eventually traded at the deadline. The result: mathematically eliminated from playoff contention as of Thursday, September 15. Better luck next year.