Skaggs progressing after 2nd rehab start

Angels lefty expected to be stretched out to five innings in next outing Thursday

July 23rd, 2017

ANAHEIM -- Left-hander took another step toward returning to the Angels' rotation on Saturday, allowing three runs over four innings in his second rehab start with Triple-A Salt Lake.
Skaggs, who has been on the disabled list since April 29 with a right oblique strain, yielded six hits while walking none and striking out two in the 62-pitch effort.
"His delivery looked good," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Sunday. "I think his secondary pitches are coming. His curveball looks like it's coming along. But he came out of it healthy, and that's probably the most important thing right now."
Skaggs, 26, is scheduled to pitch five innings in his next rehab start on Thursday. The Angels had said Skaggs would require at least one more outing before he's ready to return to the Majors, though Scioscia also listed several other markers that Skaggs still needs to reach during his rehab assignment.
"I think Tyler's got a number of things that have to happen," Scioscia said. "First is obviously getting healthy. Second is getting to a pitch count he's able to maintain and repeat. Third is getting hitters out. He's going to have to get back to that competitive mode. Fourth is staying healthy, which has been probably his biggest issue so far in his career. He's got a number of things on his plate. We just have to take them one at a time and hopefully keep going.
"He took some strides forward the last couple rehab starts, but when he's ready, that'll be a decision for the medical department."
Maybin improving
Outfielder has begun doing agility exercises to gauge the condition of his injured right knee, though Scioscia said he has not yet resumed hitting or throwing. Maybin suffered a sprained MCL on a stolen-base attempt on Tuesday and is expected to miss two to four weeks.
"He's doing very well," Scioscia said. "He's made a lot of progress here in the last couple days. We'll get a read on him within the road trip somewhere just to see exactly how this thing is setting up and try to get a little more definitive timetable. But right now it's the same time we've been talking about."
Worth noting
• After enjoying a three-hit night against the Red Sox on Saturday, Angels slugger was out of the starting lineup for Sunday's series finale at Angel Stadium. With an off-day on Monday, Scioscia said the Halos wanted to take advantage of the opportunity to give Pujols two days of rest to keep him fresh for their upcoming series in Cleveland.
"We're trying to combine this day with the off-day tomorrow and let Albert hopefully stay at the level that he was swinging the bat last night," Scioscia said.
will start Tuesday's opener against the Indians and JC Ramirez will pitch Thursday's finale, but the Angels still have not named a starter for the middle game of the series on Wednesday. The Halos' two options for the spot are right-handers and Ricky Nolasco.