ANAHEIM – The Angels placed pitcher Tyler Skaggs on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left adductor and added reliever Eduardo Paredes prior to Sunday’s game against the Oakland A’s.
It is the 10th time that Paredes, a right-hander, has been recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake this season. According to Stats LLC, he is the first player in the last 25 years to be recalled at least 10 separate times by the same team in one season.
After he allowed all seven runs in Saturday’s loss to the A’s, Skaggs said his adductor was feeling less than 100 percent. Skaggs spent 10 days on the disabled list in July with a right adductor strain, and 10 days on the DL in August with a left adductor strain prior to Saturday’s start.
“I didn’t feel 100 percent, but at the same time I feel like I could have went out there and contributed to the team,” Skaggs said after Saturday’s game.
The Angels will play one game each of the next eight days before their next day off, so Skaggs’ turn in the rotation will repeat on Thursday in Texas. They were already down one starting pitcher; reliever Taylor Cole is the starting pitcher Sunday, a game that will likely require heavy use of the bullpen.
Cole “is going to go as far as he can,” Manager Mike Scioscia said Sunday morning.
For Skaggs, the recurring injury has torpedoed a career year in progress. In each of his last two starts, he has pitched merely 3 1/3 innings while allowing 10 and seven runs, respectively. Skaggs has seen his ERA rise from 2.62 to 3.78.
Scioscia said that Skaggs “just never got to that point where he was comfortable turning the ball loose” on Saturday.
Paredes, 23, has a 7.71 ERA in 13 games out of the Angels’ bullpen this season. In 28 games at Salt Lake, Paredes has a 3.41 ERA and five saves.
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Shohei Ohtani will throw off a bullpen mound again Monday in San Diego, Scioscia said. This one will be more intense than Ohtani’s mound work Saturday, his first since undergoing a PRP and stem cell injection in June.
“Maybe a little more than a touch-and-feel,” Scioscia said. “Not 100 percent but I think he will be putting more effort into it.”
Scioscia said there is not a target date for Ohtani to return to pitching in major league games, but rather a “window.”
“There’s a window when we hope it would happen but we can’t get too far ahead of ourselves,” he said. “We’d be guessing if we tried to get one date. There’s a window we’re looking at that we hope would work. Certainly pitching this year is the goal, and we feel that’s attainable.”
Catcher Rene Rivera (knee) is scheduled to resume his minor league rehab assignment with back-to-back games Sunday and Monday with Class-A Inland Empire, Scioscia said. He’s expected to rejoin the Angels on the road this week, but “we won’t know until he gets through these back-to-back games,” Scioscia said.
Pitcher Matt Shoemaker (forearm) does not have a target date to begin a minor league rehabilitation assignment, but Scioscia said the right-hander is making progress in his bullpen sessions.
“Not that he’s going to get to 110 pitches this year – there’s not a lot of time for that – but there has to be enough pitches to where he can functionally get to a certain point of the game,” Scioscia said.
Angels (LHP Andrew Heaney, 7-7, 3.96 ERA) at Padres (LHP Clayton Richard, 7-10, 5.13 ERA), 7 p.m., Fox Sports West