The offense showed signs of emerging from a two-week funk, with
But some cracks are forming in what has been the foundation of the team's success, a solid rotation that ranks second in the
Flexor tendons help control the movement of the hand, which might explain why Skaggs lost the feeling in his fingers after injuring his arm on a strikeout of Baltimore's
Dylan Bundy, one of the
Four months later, after he started a throwing program, Bundy was found to have a slight tear in the ulnar collateral ligament. He underwent Tommy John surgery and has been sidelined for the past year.
Doctors told Skaggs he has not damaged his UCL, but there is no timetable for his return. Asked if he was confident Skaggs would pitch again this year, Manager
The next step for Skaggs will be to seek another opinion from an orthopedic specialist in the Tampa Bay-St. Petersburg area. As of Friday, there was no plan to consult Dr. James Andrews, the renowned surgeon who performs most of the Tommy John procedures on major league pitchers.
Skaggs remains optimistic, but the fact is, neither he nor the Angels really know the severity of his injury at this point.
"I have no clue right now," Skaggs said, when asked about a timetable for his return. "It's pretty sore. I'm just going to take it day by day and stay positive and look forwardHopefully, it gets better in time. There is really no prognosis. It's kind of on me and my body and my arm."
This is the second stint on the disabled list for Skaggs, who missed most of June because of a right hamstring strain. Until this season, in which he is 5-5 with a 4.30 ERA and has mixed bursts of dominance with stretches of ineffectiveness, Skaggs had never missed a start.
"For me, it's uncharted water," Skaggs said. "It's been frustrating. I've had flashes of showing my full potential and flashes of showing some really bad outings. But I'm young. I just turned 23. I have a lot of future ahead of me."
The Angels can absorb Skaggs' injury because they have a solid sixth starter in
But the loss of Skaggs leaves the Angels with no margin for injury because the team's organizational rotation depth drops off precipitously after Santiago.