Los Angeles Angels say pitcher Tyler Skaggs has died at age 27

ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 29: Tyler Skaggs #45 of the Los Angeles Angels pitches in the first inning of the game against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on June 29, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

ARLINGTON, Texas — The Los Angeles Angels said pitcher Tyler Skaggs has died at age 27. The team said it happened Monday in Texas.

“It is with great sorrow that we report Tyler Skaggs passed away earlier today in Texas. Tyler has, and always will be, an important part of the Angels Family. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Carli and his entire family during this devastating time.”

Skaggs started the Angels’ game Saturday night against the Athletics. Their game against the Texas Rangers on Monday night has been postponed.

Southlake police released additional information. The department said at around 2:18 p.m. Monday, officers responded to a call of an unconscious male in a room at the Hilton hotel.  Police said the unresponsive male was pronounced deceased at the scene and was identified as Tyler Skaggs.  According to police, “at this time, no foul play is suspected.” The investigation is ongoing.

Skaggs had been a regular in the Angels’ starting rotation since late 2016, when he returned from Tommy John surgery. He struggled with injuries repeatedly over the past three seasons but persevered to become a valuable starter in Los Angeles’ injury-plagued rotation. He started 15 games, going 7-7.

Skaggs, who would have turned 28 on July 13, was born in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Woodland Hills, in the far western part of the sprawling San Fernando Valley. He graduated from Santa Monica High School in 2009, when the Angels drafted him in the first round.

 

Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. issued the following statement:

“I am deeply saddened by today’s tragedy in Texas.  All of us at Major League Baseball extend our deepest condolences to Tyler’s wife Carli, their family, their friends and all of his Angels’ teammates and colleagues.  We will support the Angels’ organization through this most difficult period, and we will make a variety of resources available to Tyler’s teammates and other members of the baseball family.”

The Indians tweeted Monday: “Our thoughts and prayers are with Tyler Skaggs family and friends, as well as the organization. It’s never easy to lose a member of the baseball community. The Indians organization and community are here for you.”

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