— Angels (@Angels) July 19, 2016
Here is a list of pitchers that have either had Tommy John Surgery in the last few seasons, or at least suffered a UCL tear:
- Garrett Richards
- Andrew Heaney
- Patrick Corbin
- Tyler Skaggs
- Nick Tropeano
- Tyler Chatwood
- Johnny Hellweg
Besides being ideally a young promising rotation with depth that could easily provide any team with a foundation for long term success, what do all of these pitcher have in common?
They all came through the Angels’ system!
So what is going on here? Tropeano is the latest victim of the UCL tear epidemic going around Major League Baseball, and the third Angels pitcher this season alone to suffer said injury. Trop was doing fine in his last start against the Texas Rangers, but was doing it with elbow soreness that eventually knocked him out of the game. The diagnosis goes without mentioning.
Here’s what Trop had to say…
— FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) July 20, 2016
This is just sad.
And if one takes a long look at that list above, it shows that the Angels — despite having a barren farm system — should have had an extremely deep rotation for a while now. On paper at least.
It might be safe to say that after bullpen being the biggest reason the Halos have only one playoff appearance in the last six years, the reasoning is now shifting to catastrophic pitching injuries.
We wish Trop a speedy recovery. But there may be a quick fix on the horizon…
And more on the DL front!
Final line for Tyler Skaggs in Triple-A tonight: 5 2/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 12 K on 94 pitches. Next stop: likely with the #Angels
— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) July 20, 2016
- Just when we thought it couldn’t get any worse, things are finally set up to get better for the Halos’ rotation. Skaggs is ready to return to a Major League mound, and because he was moved back one day (Wednesday) because of a rain out, and an off day on Thursday, the lefty could actually take Tropeano’s spot in the rotation on Monday against the Red Sox. Tyler has not pitched a Major League game since July 31, 2014, almost 24 months to the day since going down.
The Angels called up a catcher named Juan Graterol and placed Geovany Soto on the 15-day DL with an inflamed left knee.
— Pedro Moura (@pedromoura) July 18, 2016
- Soto had an MRI that revealed no structural damage. He’s expected to return right after his DL stint is up.