Over two and a half years removed from Tommy John Surgery, Tyler Skaggs took the mound on Saturday to begin his in-game Spring Training reps. He was unable to complete one inning. The lefty walked four hitters and recorded two outs before going out with diminished velocity. His fastball dipped from the 89-92 MPH range to 86-88 MPH by the time he left the game.
The Angels are watching Skaggs closely, as he’s not only continuing his return from his procedure but also from a mild flexor strain he suffered last September.
Fatigue has been a lingering issue for Skaggs ever since he first began facing live hitters early last season. The twenty-six year old still has a bright future if he can get over the hump, but he will have to be eased into action this spring.