Skaggs set for sim game after 3rd 'pen session

Left-hander, who underwent TJ surgery in '14, is recovering from biceps tendinitis

May 25th, 2016

ARLINGTON -- Tyler Skaggs, a little more than a month removed from appearing in a game because of a brief bout with biceps tendinitis, is throwing off a mound again.

The 24-year-old left-hander completed his third bullpen session on Wednesday, and he is getting set to pitch in a simulated game in Arizona on Saturday. Skaggs said via text that his arm "feels great, with no restrictions."

The Angels can suddenly look forward to some much-needed starting-pitching depth.

C.J. Wilson is slated to make his first rehab start for Class A Advanced Inland Empire on Wednesday night and is hoping to return by late next week. Tim Lincecum will also throw a simulated game on Saturday and lines up to make his first rehab start for Triple-A Salt Lake on June 2 or 3.

And the Angels' five current starters -- Jered Weaver, Hector Santiago, Nick Tropeano, Matt Shoemaker and Jhoulys Chacin -- entered Wednesday with a 2.91 ERA since May 14, the fourth-best mark in the Majors during that time.

Skaggs underwent Tommy John surgery in August 2014 and appeared in five games, two of them during Spring Training, before getting shut down. Angels general manager Billy Eppler said the team is "happy with where he's at right now."

But Skaggs still has a handful of steps to clear, some of them for the second time.

"I don't know if we're knocked back to ground zero," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said, "but he was ready to take that four- to five-inning jump, and he's going to have to start off slower than that, obviously."