Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs pleased after four-inning outing


Because he missed a start earlier this month due to a weak shoulder and re-entered the rotation Wednesday, Angels left-hander Tyler Skaggs has no days left to waste this spring. If he wants to break camp on the club’s roster, he has to build up his stamina and prove he can handle a starter’s workload.

And because the Angels had their second of two spring days off Monday, Skaggs’ start on regular rest had to come in a minor league game.

So, Skaggs faced a group of overmatched Milwaukee Brewers Class-A hitters at Tempe Diablo Stadium. With General Manager Billy Eppler, Manager Mike Scioscia and other club officials in attendance, Skaggs struck out five, walked one, and yielded a triple. Scouts mostly clocked his fastball at 91 and 92 mph, within his standard range, and up to 94 mph. He threw mostly fastballs and curveballs and eschewed his changeup.

“I felt strong,” Skaggs said. “My mechanics were finally there where I liked it today.”

Skaggs was scheduled to pitch three innings, but he had said since last week that he planned to stretch that into four. Sure enough, he finished his three quickly, and lobbied pitching coach Charlie Nagy for the fourth.

“Of course I pushed for the fourth, and I’m happy they obliged,” he said. “It’s one of those games where you want to get your work in now, because come Saturday, I’ll be ready to go.”

Asked if he felt he could throw five innings in his next planned start Saturday, Skaggs said he was not the decision-maker. But on Monday, he said, he felt strong enough to do so.

Skaggs, 25, made 10 starts for the 2016 Angels in his return from 2014 Tommy John surgery. He missed time in September because of a flexor strain in his elbow but reported to camp feeling great. He has characterized the shoulder weakness as a momentary issue.

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