Skaggs on track to start vs. Seattle on Thursday

After landing on DL July 4, lefty throws bullpen Tuesday

July 11th, 2018
Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers, Sunday, June 3, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Mark J. Terrill/AP

ANAHEIM -- A right adductor strain forced left-hander to miss his scheduled start in Seattle last week, but he is on track to get another shot against the Mariners.

Skaggs, who landed on the disabled list on July 4 (retroactive to July 1), threw a bullpen on Tuesday and is likely to return to the rotation to face the Mariners in Thursday's series finale at Angel Stadium.

"We're hoping, but you want to read it and evaluate it and make sure that his workout didn't set him back," manager Mike Scioscia said. "We anticipate him being fine."

Skaggs, 26, has been enjoying a breakout season, going 6-5 with a 2.64 ERA in 92 innings. Scioscia said he felt Skaggs had pitched well enough to garner All-Star consideration, but he was left off the American League roster that was announced Sunday. is currently the only player set to represent the Angels at the All-Star Game presented by Mastercard at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., on July 17, though is one of five Final Vote candidates.

"I think he's throwing the ball as well as anybody we've seen throw the ball against us," Scioscia said of Skaggs. "He's been very consistent. He's pitched well when he hasn't had his best stuff. He's been very consistent pitching at a high level, and there's no doubt that he's worthy of All-Star consideration."

Right-hander Nick Tropeano's return to the Angels' rotation will have to wait until after the All-Star break. He is scheduled to make another rehab outing with Class A Advanced Inland Empire on Friday. Tropeano, who has been on the disabled list since June 15 with right shoulder inflammation, tossed five scoreless innings on 52 pitches in his first rehab start on July 7.

"Nick's good," Scioscia said. "He's going to get another outing on Friday and try to stretch out his pitch count a little bit. We'll see how he responds, and then we'll see if he can be folded in after the break. We'll take it one step at a time with Nick, but he needs a little more work."

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"It will be a slight if he's not selected to the All-Star Game," Scioscia said. "I mean, he's playing at an incredible level. No speech is really necessary. I think his play speaks for itself. He's an All-Star in all of our minds and hearts."

Worth noting

• The Angels recalled outfielder and optioned right-hander to Triple-A Salt Lake on Tuesday. Hermosillo will replace the injured Chris Young as the Angels' fourth outfielder.

• Right-hander Jim Johnson (lumbar strain) gave up two runs on three hits in one inning in his first rehab outing with Class A Advanced Inland Empire on Sunday. Scioscia said he will pitch in another Minor League game in the next couple of days.

• Another top Angels prospect is on the move. Second baseman Jahmai Jones was promoted to Double-A Mobile on Tuesday after batting .235 with a .721 OPS, 10 doubles, five triples, eight home runs, 35 RBIs and 13 stolen bases in 75 games with Class A Advanced Inland Empire. Jones, 20, is ranked the Angels' No. 3 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline.