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Angels starter Tyler Skaggs needs Tommy John elbow surgery, will be out until 2016

Aug 10, 2014, 2:58 PM EDT

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A brutal development here for the Angels …

According to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register, left-handed starter Tyler Skaggs needs Tommy John reconstructive surgery to repair a ligament tear in his throwing elbow. He’s obviously done for the remainder of the 2014 season and will miss a large majority of the 2015 campaign as well.

Skaggs has been on the disabled list since August 1 with what was initially labeled a flexor muscle strain. After failing to make significant progress in his rehab, more tests were taken and it was recommended that he go under the knife.

The Angels have a firm grip on the top American League Wild Card spot and are still hoping to catch the Athletics in the American League West standings, but the back end of their rotation is in bad shape.

Skaggs, 23, was sporting a 4.30 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 86/30 K/BB ratio in 113 innings this year.

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UPDATE: Via MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez, Skaggs has already been ruled out for all of 2015:

  1. beefytrout - Aug 10, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    Surely this has to be the season with the most widespread plague of injuries in MLB history.

    • tuberippin - Aug 10, 2014 at 3:49 PM

      Strictly speaking in terms of TJ surgeries, there were more in 2012 than in 2014. 28 instances this year, 46 instances in 2012.

      • zackd2 - Aug 10, 2014 at 4:18 PM

        Is that MLB only? Wondering how the number would look if it included MiLB

      • tuberippin - Aug 10, 2014 at 4:48 PM

        That only includes players who received time in the big leagues during that season.

        The other major difference between 2012 and 2014 regarding TJ surgery is that there have been a lot more big names going down with UCL tears in 2014 than in 2012.

        2012 the biggest names were Carl Crawford, Neftali Feliz, Cory Luebke, Brandon Beachy, Brian Wilson and Joakim Soria.

        2014 we’ve seen Jose Fernandez, Masahiro Tanaka (not official yet), Matt Wieters, Kris Medlen, Brandon Beachy (again), Cory Luebke (again), Jarrod Parker, AJ Griffin, Matt Moore, Josh Johnson, Martin Perez, Miguel Sano, Pat Corbin, Ivan Nova, Jameson Taillon et al.

        Baseball-Cube might have some insight on the minor league injuries list, but that’s information that’s more difficult to gather, I suppose.

  2. itsallbygrace - Aug 10, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    Well that sucks. Skaggs was having a decent season. This makes it so CJ Wilson must learn to pitch again if the Angels are gonna make the playoff push.

    • asimonetti88 - Aug 10, 2014 at 5:08 PM

      The Halos are in good position to still make the playoffs, but if Wilson doesn’t pick it up it will make it hard to do anything once the postseason starts

  3. tuberippin - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    Interesting to me how many of the guys who have torn their UCLs in recent seasons spent time in Arizona’s farm system. Not stating that I believe there is a direct correlation, but the coincidental nature of this whole thing is striking.

  4. mickton - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    Ahh man that’s a blow to the rotation considering cj Wilson sucks as bad as jered weaver

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