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OC Register: Tyler Skaggs becomes 10th Angels starting pitcher to go on the DL this year


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SEATTLE — On a day when the Angels took Garrett Richards off the disabled list, they lost Tyler Skaggs.

That sums up the team’s injury-marred season, one that has now seen them use the disabled list for 21 players, including two stints for two of them.

Skaggs, who has been the Angels best starter this year, was diagnosed with a strain of his right adductor, which is a muscle on the inside of the thigh. There was no immediate word on the severity of the injury or when it happened because the announcement of the injury was made after Manager Mike Scioscia had spoken to the reporters and the Angels clubhouse was closed to the media.

Skaggs had missed a start last month with right hamstring tightness, but he didn’t go on the disabled list. He came back and pitched twice, including Saturday in Baltimore. He left that game after 79 pitches because he said he was “exhausted” by the heat.

Skaggs was asked specifically about any injuries on Saturday and Sunday, and he indicated he was fine. He threw a bullpen session before Tuesday’s game.

Skaggs’ absence means Jaime Barría will start the series finale against the Mariners on Thursday. Barría initially had been pushed back a day so Skaggs could start against the Mariners.

The Angels have now had 10 starting pitchers go on the disabled list this year, including Parker Bridwell on the Triple-A DL. That includes Alex Meyer, who had shoulder surgery last year and was expected to miss the entire season. It also includes John Lamb, who was promoted because of the injuries and ended up needing Tommy John surgery after three starts.

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Barría, 21, is the only one of the nine starters the Angels had on their original depth chart who has not been hurt this year.

Deck McGuire, who on Sunday became the 12th pitcher to start for the Angels this season, was recalled on Wednesday to take Skaggs’ spot, a day after he had been optioned.

It’s unclear how the Angels will fill out their rotation beyond Thursday’s game, but the most obvious plan would be Felix Peña on Friday and McGuire on Saturday against the Dodgers. Andrew Heaney could pitch again on Sunday.

ALSO

Jabari Blash was recalled to take the spot of Chris Young, who was placed on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring suffered on Tuesday night. …

Kaleb Cowart was optioned to create a spot for Richards, who was activated to pitch on Wednesday after missing three weeks with a hamstring injury.

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Angels (Jaime Barría, 5-4, 3.40) at Mariners (Marco Gonzalez, 8-5, 3.77), Thursday, 7 p.m., Fox Sports West

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