Injury Update: Skaggs, Wilson and Heaney
The Angels currently have 4 pitchers with injuries preventing them from playing in spring training games. Here’s an injury update on the Angels pitching staff and whether or not they could see time before opening day.
Tyler Skaggs has missed significant time as an Angel due to having Tommy John surgery on his throwing arm last August. Skaggs was playing well before the surgery and many expect for him to be in the mix for a starting position in the rotation when he comes back into the lineup. However, there has yet to be a set timetable for his return. Skaggs has thrown some bullpen session and uis expected to face live hitter in batting practice this week per Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com.
This is great news in light of what we have seen pitching wise in spring training thus far. It was reported that Skaggs will be on an innings limit in 2016. The limit is expected to be in the range of 165 to 175 innings. It is likely Skaggs won’t appear in a spring training game until mid-to-late March per ocregister.com.
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C.J. Wilson will throw two more bullpen sessions this week, Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports. Although Wilson has admitted to facing a reality of missing opening day, he is working out and getting his arm back to full strength.
Andrew Heaney was pulled on Saturday against the Mariners due to flu-like symptoms. So far, there have no been reports of Heaney missing extended time with the Angels. There has also been a calf issue causing Huston Street to miss some spring training time, but reports suggest he’ll be back on the mound later this week. Street has pitched in some simulation games and was expected to appear in tomorrows game versus Arizona. No word yet on if Street will or will not play.
All signs point towards Wilson being ready for opening day. Manager Mike Scioscia is slowly intergrating Wilson and Skaggs back into the mix with opening day less than a month away. If setbacks are absent we can expect for the Angels to be at full strength come opening day.