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Angels Tyler Skaggs return could be perfect timing

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A two-year journey seems like a long time, however, for Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs, it’s been a slow process recovering from Tommy John surgery. With Skaggs return looming, a debate has started to who will be replaced in the lineup once Skaggs returns.

One potential pitcher to exit the rotation is Tim Lincecum, whose 1-3 record with a 6.85 ERA, was unexpected for the once ace. A spot in the rotation is expected to open for quite some time with the recent departure of Nick Tropeano, who left his last start (yesterday) early with elbow soreness.

Skaggs has looked ready for his return to the majors in his last start down in triple A as he pitched seven scoreless innings and only allowed one hit, while striking out 14 and allowed no walks.

Skaggs is expected to make at least one more start in Salt Lake City before a decision is made to send him up.

“He’s still refining some things”, Manager Mike Scioscia told the OC Register. ” Hopefully his last start is something you point to as a breakout where he got over the hump and he was really impressive with how he maintained his stuff and his command was good and used all of his pitches.”

Expect the Angels to decide Skaggs fate by the end of the week, as an off day on Thursday will allow them some extra time to evaluate the situation in the rotation.

If Skaggs matches his last outing in his next start, expect him to be the likely choice to fill in the Angels rotation. If Skaggs gets the call, his first start in the majors will be, at the earliest, on Sunday.

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If Tropeano requires Tommy John Surgery, it’s likely Skaggs will replace Tropeano in the rotation. Lincecum is due to pitch against the Rangers tonight. He must pitch well not only for his self confidence, but also to avoid the bullpen regardless if Skaggs replaces him or someone else does.

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