ARLINGTON, Texas — The Los Angeles Angels say pitcher Tyler Skaggs has died at age 27. The team said it happened Monday in Texas but provided no other immediate details.
The Angels’ game against the Texas Rangers on Monday night has been postponed. The game was scheduled at the Globe Life Park in Arlington.
According to the Southlake Police Department, Skaggs was found unconscious in a Hilton Hotel room at 2:18 p.m. He was pronounced dead at the scene. At this time no foul play is expected.
In a press release, the Texas Rangers expressed their “deepest sympathies to the family of Tyler Skaggs and to the entire Angels organization on this shocking loss.”
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.
He would have turned 28 on July 13. Skaggs 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.
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