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Angels' Tyler Skaggs alters plan in recovery from Tommy John surgery
Angels' Tyler Skaggs alters plan in recovery from Tommy John surgery

Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs has scrapped his goal of pitching in a minor league game this season, opting instead to give himself a full 18 months to recover from Tommy John surgery. The 23-year-old left-hander underwent the elbow reconstruction procedure Aug. 13, 2014, cutting short a solid season in which he went 5-5 with a 4.30 earned-run average in 18 starts, striking out 86 and walking 30 in 113 innings. It takes most pitchers 12 to 18 months to recover from Tommy John surgery, and Skaggs felt so good in spring training that he said he would like to pitch in a game by late August or September and then possibly pitch in winter ball after this season. But many pitchers who try to...

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