How Will The Angels Adequately Replace Tyler Skaggs?

Updated: May 3, 2017

The Angels had to soak in yet another shot to the gut on Monday when they discovered that southpaw Tyler Skaggs was going to be sidelined for the next 10-12 weeks. In last Friday’s game, what originally appeared to be a minor injury ended up being, well, not so minor. Skaggs was diagnosed with a Grade 2 strained oblique on Monday.

What makes the Skaggs injury all the more crushing is that Garrett Richards is not going to be touching a baseball anytime soon. Richards’ return is totally unknown. Due to the blows it gets all the more curious as to who can fill the void. Manager Mike Scioscia talks about this in an article recently written by The Orange County Register’s Jeff Fletcher.

“‘It’s disappointing to get that news,’ Manager Mike Scioscia said Tuesday. ‘We’ve been challenged a little with some setbacks, but we’ll keep going.’”

Scioscia also added that the ball club would look into its options for Thursday’s contest. This is the next day where Skaggs would have been expected to pitch. Perhaps the most likely candidate is righty Daniel Wright. Wright may be the right fit because in his one start this season he tossed five scoreless innings. It is a thin sample size, yet something is better than nothing any day of the week. Wright is certainly not the only option, though.

Highly touted prospects along the lines of Alex Meyer could end up making a spot start or two even though he is not necessarily option one on the list.

Mike Scioscia also hinted at Yusmeiro Petit being another possibility to replace Skaggs’ spot. In ten games out of the bullpen, Petit has proven time and time again he can pitch through multiple innings. However, given that the Venezuelan has not been starting his pitch count would be fairly limited. He would only be allowed to throw 70 or so pitches at the most.

Nate Smith is also another possible candidate that should not be ignored. Although Smith missed the beginning of the year on account of a forearm issue he is scheduled to pitch in an exhibition tomorrow.

In spite of these options, the Angels will probably look elsewhere to patch up the rotation. Last year they made a couple mid-season moves due to this same exact dilemma. Therefore, it would not be all too mesmerizing if the trade market ends up being utilized. Either way, one thing is for sure. The Angels will have to continue to use a lot of different pitchers. They do not really have much of a choice at this point in time.

“‘We have more depth than we had last year, but that can evaporate,’ Scioscia said. ‘We’ve used a lot of starting pitchers already and we’ll continue to use a lot of pitchers.’”

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