Skaggs set for return after first rehab outing

Skaggs set for return after first rehab outing

KANSAS CITY -- Tyler Skaggs may only need one rehab outing before being activated off the 15-day disabled list, even though it was a shaky one.

The Angels' 22-year-old left-hander gave up seven runs, though only two were earned, and lasted three innings for Triple-A Salt Lake on Thursday night. It was Skaggs' first action since landing on the DL with a strained right hamstring on June 10.

Skaggs walked five, and reports indicated that his fastball was tailing arm-side too often, but Angels manager Mike Scioscia said his velocity was good and that he'll be back with the team this week.

After that, the Angels will decide if Skaggs can start for them on Wednesday or Thursday, a move that would force either Hector Santiago or Matt Shoemaker to be taken out of the rotation.

"We'll know here in a couple of days," Scioscia said, "but I would say if he's healthy, he needs to get out here and face some Major League hitters."

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