Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs dies in Texas, MLB game postponed
LOS ANGELES, USA – Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs has died before a scheduled Monday, July 1, game against the Texas Rangers that has been postponed, the Major League Baseball clubs announced.
The 27-year-old left-hander from California died in Texas. No cause of death was immediately known.
"It is with great sorrow that we report Tyler Skaggs passed away earlier today in Texas," the Angels said in a statement.
"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 would have turned 28 on July 13.
"I am deeply saddened by today's tragedy in Texas," Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said. "All of us at Major League Baseball extended 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 Rangers expressed "deepest sympathies" for the "shocking loss" in announcing the postponement of the schedule series opener between the clubs at Arlington, Texas.
Skaggs had a 28-38 record with a 4.41 earned-run average and 476 strikeouts in parts of 7 seasons with the Angels and Arizona Diamondbacks. – Rappler.com