The Angels were soon going to need to clear a spot in their starting rotation when Tyler Skaggs returned after almost two years of toiling to recover from Tommy John surgery.
They could have chosen to trade Hector Santiago or Matt Shoemaker. They could have demoted Tim Lincecum to the bullpen.
But that decision may have been made for them Monday night, when Nick Tropeano exited his start against Texas after two rough innings with what the Angels said was right elbow soreness. He felt unusual throughout warmups, tried to pitch through it, then told the Angels what he was feeling. He’ll undergo an MRI exam Tuesday morning.
In emergency relief, Jhoulys...